Carolina ash Oleaceae Fraxinus
|Leaf: Opposite, pinnately compound, 5 to 7 leaflets, leaflets 2 to 4 inches long with a usually serrated margin, leaf 5 to 10 inches long, dark green above, paler and smooth below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; in clusters, green to purple, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Broad-winged samara, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide, seed may be three-winged and the seed cavity is not distinct.
Twig: Moderate, smooth or may be somewhat fuzzy, gray-brown, opposite leaf scars oval with lateral bud only slightly set down into leaf scar.
Bark: Scaly, gray to slightly orange-brown, splotchy.
Form: Small tree up to 30 feet, 6 inches in diameter.
Looks like: pumpkin ash
- green ash
| Additional Range Information:
Fraxinus caroliniana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Carolina ash.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson