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Fragrant Ash, Flowering Ash, Fresno
Fraxinus cuspidata


Fragrant ash has strongly fragrant white-petaled flowers that sometimes cover the tree in a blanket of white. It is the only ash that has flower corollas; the four petals have long, narrow lobes somewhat resembling those of the fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus). It is an attractive small tree or large shrub that grows in the Trans-Pecos mountains, both in slightly acidic igneous soil and slightly alkaline limestone. It grows in cultivation on the heavy clay soils of the Blackland Prairie.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white clusters 3 to 4 in. long

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: samara

Height: to 20 ft.

Width: to 15 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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