pumpkin ash Oleaceae Fraxinus
profunda (Bush) Bush symbol: FRPR
Leaf: Opposite, pinnately compound, 7 to 9 leaflets, each leaflet 3 to 6 inches long, elliptical to lanceolate, entire or slightly serrated, dark green above, paler and velvety below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; in clusters, green to purple, appearing in spring.
Fruit: One-winged, flattened samara, 2 to 3 inches long, 1/2 inch wide, wing extends nearly to base, wider than green or white ash.
Twig: Stout, fuzzy, light gray-brown, leaf scar oval (not deeply notched); buds brown and scruffy.
Bark: Light gray-brown, interlacing ridges to nearly blocky.
Form: Medium sized tree up to 90 feet tall but typically smaller with a narrow open crown. When grown under flooded conditions the base of the trunk is clearly swollen.
Looks like: green ash - Carolina ash
Additional Range Information: Fraxinus profunda is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting pumpkin ash.
External Links: USDAFS Silvics of North America - USDA Plants Database - USDAFS Forest Products Lab
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson