Golden Desert® Ash
Botanical Name: Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aureafolia’, Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aurea’
The Golden Desert Ash (Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aureafolia’) is a cultivar of the European or Common Ash tree. It is a beautiful vibrant tree that will bring color to landscapes through the seasons. The Golden Desert Ash is a deciduous, medium sized shade tree with a rounded or oval canopy that grows to a height of 20 feet with a spread of 18 feet.
Golden Desert Ash leaves out in the spring with bright yellow foliage. The leaves, typical of ash trees, are pinnately compound. They contain 7-13 leaflets, which are elliptical in shape and coarsely serrated. The leaves are long, measuring 7 to 13 inches in length. As the leaves mature, they turn a beautiful bright lime-green color, which they hold until the fall when they turn bright golden yellow for a wonderful display.
The Golden Desert Ash has beautiful gray bark, which is smooth on younger trees and becomes fissured with vertical ridges as the tree ages. The bark provides interest in the winter when the tree has lost its leaves.
The flowers of the Golden Desert Ash are found in small clusters along the branches in the spring. There are male and female flowers that may occur on the same or different trees. The fruit is a samara, also known as ash keys, that hang in bunches on the tree in winter.
Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aureafolia’ is tolerant of pollution and therefore suited for use as a street tree. Along with its narrow spread, this makes it a great specimen tree for small urban gardens.
Height: 20 ft.
Width: 18 ft.
Shape: Rounded, Oval
Flower Color: Green (male), deep purple (female)
Flowering Time: Spring
Fall Color: Golden yellow
Features: Attractive fall color, Chartreuse leaf color
Exposure: Full sun to Light Shade
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Prefers moist and well-drained soils. Tolerant of a wide range of soil types and pH.
Growth Rate: Moderate
USDA Zones: 4-5
Uses: Specimen tree, shade tree, lawn tree, park tree, street tree
Similar trees: Fraxinus americana 'Junginger' (Autumn Purple® Ash), Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywood' (Raywood Ash), Fraxinus pennsylvanica 'Cimmzam' (Cimmaron® Ash), Fraxinus pennsylvanica 'Patmore' (Patmore Ash)