At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Oleaceae
Latin Name: Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Yellowish-green
Bloom: Purple
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Rounded to irrregular
Bark: Gray-brown
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 70 feet
Spread: 35 to 50 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Native to North America, you can find the Green Ash (also known as “Red Ash”) all the way from Nova Scotia to Colorado and from Florida to Texas. The Ash species can be easily identified due to its opposite branching pattern and compound leaves, and is a very popular choice due to the abundant shade provided by its dense foliage, fast-growing properties (typically growing more than 2 ft. per year), and durability within a range of soil conditions and environmental settings. Scientifically classified as Fraxinus Pennsylvanica, the Green Ash belongs to the Oleaceae family.

The Green Ash thrives in zones 3-9, favoring full, unfiltered sun and medium to wet, well-drained soils. It rears up to average heights of 50-70 ft., with a rounded or irregular crown, and has an average outreach of 35-50 ft. Considered a medium-sized deciduous tree, the Green Ash’s green leaves lighten to muted yellowish-green hues in the autumn months before falling to better reveal the tree’s rough, fissured, gray-brown bark. The tree’s winter buds are a velvety red-brown; in the spring (April-May), it produces purple, compact, wind-pollinated panicles that later give way to samara fruit (a simple dried fruit that promotes propagation due to its helicopter-like shape which allows it to be carried easily by the wind). While an adaptable and tough tree in most conditions, the Green Ash is most susceptible to the emerald ash borer, an Asian (accidentally imported) beetle that can destroy such a tree completely.

Due its resistance to most plant diseases, its hardiness, and its fast-growing and shade-providing structure, the Green Ash remains a prevalent choice and is widely planted as an urban ornamental tree throughout North America. In fact, some mature Ashes serve as local monuments and living legacies to the centuries-old popularity of the species as a prized tree—including a remarkable 200-year-old Ash planted by Thomas Jefferson, still standing proud in Monticello.

Mature Tree Photos: