Small Tree Farm: Deciduous Tree Nursery


Ash Tree Listing

This list describes the Ash (Fraxinus) trees that we generally grow in our bare root nursery. Due to vagaries of production and demand however not all of the trees listed here will be available every year.

For the current list of trees available for the coming winter please go to the 'Price List'. This is updated in March or April each year.

For more information about bareroot trees please see the 'About Bareroot Trees'  page.

Please enquire if the tree you are looking for is not listed - we may be able to help.


Golden Ash

Fraxinus excelsior ‘aurea’
Up to10m.* Gold/green spring/summer foliage turning brilliant gold in autumn. Slow growing smallish tree. Winter effect of deep yellow branches and twigs with black buds.To hasten top growth and form good shape the lower early opening buds should be rubbed off the main trunk when young. Mass planted they create a special effect and stand out even more contrasted against their cousin the Claret Ash although they do have very different growth habits and always grow smaller. Best in deep moist soils but they have a reasonable tolerance to heat and relatively dry conditions. Can be temperamental but a good one is superb.

Flowering Ash

Fraxinus ornus
10m exceptionally to 15m.* Perhaps the most ornamental and versatile of all the Ashes it is surprising that this tree is not planted more often. Offering a nice neat round compact head and a smaller habit than its relatives, this tree provides an autumn journey from yellow, through to red and then purple. In addition it turns into a white cloud with sprays of fragrant white flowers in spring. A relatively fast growing tree that prefers rich heavy loams but will tolerate clay and sandy soils. Needs full sun and although it is very tolerant of high winds, dry conditions and urban pollution it is not suitable in coastal conditions. Very similar to its evergreen relative griffithii which is used extensively in urban areas.



Desert Ash

Fraxinus oxycarpa
8-10 m exceptionally to 20m.* A tough tree suited to dry conditions with good autumn colour (yellow) in cold districts and a special pastel green to its spring flushing leaves. Ranges from a smaller to medium spreading tree on hard exposed dry sites to a taller more stately specimen on deep loamy soils. A shapely and fast growing tree it has become a very popular street tree able to withstand almost any conditions.


Claret Ash

Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywoodii’
10-12m exceptionally to 20m.* An Australian grafted version of the Desert Ash which reliably produces burgundy/red rich wine autumn tones. Magnificent round headed and fast growing specimen with an abundance of foliage.The small narrow leaves are a deep dark green throughout the summer. Plant in full sun to obtain the best colour. Prefers well drained moist soils but will endure hot conditions if water is available.  


Velvet Ash

Fraxinus velutina
6-8m exceptionally to 12m.*  A tough tree from Arizona able to withstand heat, drought and a little salt. Manages to look refreshing in the hardest summers. Velvety bright green summer foliage and clear yellow autumn leaves. Round headed and fairly open form. Growing on a wide range of soils from sandy loams to clay loams. Providing relatively cool shade in summer its foliage will tolerate a fair amount of wind.
                             A Perfect tree for those really tough sites.



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