Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’ – Raywood Ash

Botanical Name: Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’

Alternate Name: Fraxinus oxycarpa (angustifolia) ’Raywood’

The Raywood Ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) is a very popular cultivar that originates in the Mediterranean region. This tree is a male clone and produces very few seeds. It is an attractive medium-sized deciduous tree with an upright growth habit, maturing to a rounded or oval dense canopy that is neatly symmetrical. The Raywood Ash is fast growing, with a straight trunk and neat canopy. It therefore makes a great street tree, lining boulevards or driveways. It grows to a height of 40-50 feet with a spread of 25-30 feet.

Its leaves have a very fine texture and are handsome, glossy, and deep green. They are pinnately compound, measuring 4 to 6 inches in length and containing 7-9 narrow leaflets which are linear in shape. This cultivar puts on a beautiful display in the fall when its leaves turn vibrant shades of red, bright burgundy, and purple. The flowers emerge in spring – yellow, red, and inconspicuous.

Raywood Ash is moderately drought tolerant once established. It is also tolerant of heat and cold and makes a great shade tree. This tree is resistant to ash blight. Attractive to birds and butterflies.


Height: 40-50 ft.
Width: 25-30 ft.
Shape: Oval, Rounded
Flower Color: Yellow/Red
Flowering Time: Spring
Fall Color: Red, Purple
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-fast
USDA Zones: 5-8
Uses: Specimen tree, shade tree, lawn tree, park tree, street tree, habitat tree
Similar Trees: Autumn Purple® Ash (Fraxinus americana ‘Junginger’), Golden Desert Ash (Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aureafolia’), Cimmaron® Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Cimmzam’), Patmore Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Patmore’)

Additional information


Oval, Rounded

Flower Color

Red, Yellow

Flowering Time

April, March, May

Fall Color

Purple, Red

Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Habitat Tree, Lawn Tree, Park Tree, Shade Tree, Specimen Tree, Street Tree

USDA Zones

5, 6, 7, 8

Mature Height


Mature Width



Full Sun, Partial Shade

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