Fraxinus latifolia Benth.
Oleaceae (Olive Family)
Synonym(s): Fraxinus oregona, Fraxinus pennsylvanica ssp. oregona
USDA Symbol: FRLA
Oregon ash is a narrow-crowned, straight-trunked tree when grown in thickets, becoming more broad-crowned in the open. Growing 30-70 ft., this tree bears stout branchlets and light-green, pinnately compound, deciduous leaves. Fall color is a clear yellow.
Oregon Ash is the only ash native to the Northwest and the only western ash with commercially important wood; it is used for furniture, flooring, millwork, paneling, boxes, and fuel. It is also planted as a shade tree along the Pacific Coast. According to an old superstition in the Northwest, poisonous snakes are unknown where this ash grows, and rattlesnakes will not crawl over a branch or stick from the tree.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 36-72 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: W. base of Sierras from Kern to Modoc Cos., Coast Ranges from Santa Clara Co. to B.C.
Native Habitat: Moist canyon sites & stream banks below 5500 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, rich, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: This tree is good for revegetating wet, lowland areas.
PropagationDescription: Seeds may be sown outdoors after collection or stored and stratified then sown in spring.
Seed Treatment: Stratify in moist sand or perlite for 30-60 days at 41 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Fraxinus latifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Fraxinus latifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Fraxinus latifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff