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Fraxinus dipetala

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Species Name: Fraxinus dipetala
Common Name: California Ash

Beautiful flowering tree. Drought tolerant once established, but responds to summer water. Tolerates heavy soil.

Plant Family: Oleaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 15' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter-deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast Range, Cascade Range Foothills, Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central/Southern Sierra Nevada, Central West, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Canyons, slopes, chapparal, oak/pine woodland from 330-4100'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A deciduous shrub 8 to 15 feet high with slender 4-sided branchlets. The flowers consist of two white petals and are produced in long airy panicles, quite fragrant. Generally found on the north slopes in the foothills and mountains and are very attractive when in bloom. Gallon cans, 50c."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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