Fraxinus oxycarpa

Raywood ash, Claret ash
OLEACEAE, The Olive family

It was misting as I biked to work this morning. It felt like the first rain in months. It very nearly was.

Riding slowly home I eyed trees laden with plums and apples. Time to go scrumping. Autumn is coming.

Another beauty on the landscape is a narrow-leaved ash tree with pale, marked bark. It grows 25 to 35 feet tall, by 25 feet wide. The name claret ash refers to its purple-red fall color. Native to the Mediterranean region, it needs full sun and only moderate water. It has no seeds, which anyone whose ever tried to garden near a seeded ash will recognize as a kind of blessing. In one particularly memorable year of gardening on Albert we estimated there were a hundred thousand green ash Fraxinus pennsyvanica seedlings from the neighbor’s tree in our yard.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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