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Shamel Ash, Fraxinus uhdei.

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Shamel Ash, Fraxinus uhdei. Also called: Evergreen Ash, Mexican Ash. Non - Xeriscape. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.Shamel Ash, Fraxinus uhdei. Also called: Evergreen Ash, Mexican Ash. Non - Xeriscape. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.
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Shamel Ash, Fraxinus uhdei. Also called: Evergreen Ash, Mexican Ash. Non - Xeriscape. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.Shamel Ash, Fraxinus uhdei. Also called: Evergreen Ash, Mexican Ash. Non - Xeriscape. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.
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Shamel Ash.
Fraxinus uhdei, Olive Family ( Oleaceae ), Shamel Ash. Also called: Evergreen Ash, Mexican Ash.

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Evergreen tree if grown in the low desert, semi-deciduous in colder climates. Very attractive foliage. Fast-growing. Its compound leaves can be divided into 5 - 9 glossy, dark green, finely tooth-edged leaflets about 4 inches long on the same tree.

There is one Fraxinus uhdei in Los Angeles that is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 102 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 219 inches and a crown spread of 96 feet.

Susceptible to Texas root rot. Resistant to oak root fungus.


Quick Notes:

Height: Usually 40 - 55 feet, with equal or slightly less spread. Can reach 80 feet in some areas.

Flowers: Axillary clusters of small creamy white - greenish flowers; bloom in spring; allergenic. They have four valvate corolla lobes, a short four-toothed calyx, and two stamens that produce pollen copiously and little, if any, nectar. The male and female flowers are on different trees. The male flowers drop in the spring in large quantities, that can be composted rapidly. The female drops large quantities of one-winged seeds (samara).

Flowering Time: Southern Arizona, March - April. Phoenix Area, April - May.

Leaves: Compound leaves divided into 5 - 9 glossy, dark green, finely tooth-edged leaflets about 4 inches long.

Trunk: Normally up to 12 - 18 inches in diameter. Some are reported to have trunks up to about 70 inches.


Bark: Smooth and gray when young, develops many shallow fissures and scaly ridges into an irregular diamond pattern, gray - brown in color.


Fruit & Seeds: Clusters of winged seed on female plants, similar to single maple seeds; 1 -1 1/4 inches long, 1/4 inch wide.


Found: Native to the USA (CA, HI), USA+ (PR). Also native to Central America (Guatemala, Honduras) to central and southern Mexico.


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Some Shade

Elevation: Can be found growing from 0 - 6,562 Feet. Native at 3,281 to 5,577 feet. Grows best from 1,476 to 4,921 feet.

Habitat: Used as a very common landscape plant in Phoenix. Found wild in riparian canyons and large washes with a perennial source of water. Maintenance: High leaf drop. Not pool friendly. Photos Taken June 06, 2006 Glendale, Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Photos Taken; June 6, 2006. In Glendale, Arizona. it is not a xeriscape plant. It must have water.

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