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Fraxinus latifolia Benth.
Synonyms: Fraxinus pennsylvanica ssp. oregana
USDA Symbol: frla
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr
CA , OR , WA Canada: BC 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist , Wet CaCO3 Tolerance:
Low Soil Description:
Moist, rich, well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff