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Cultural Details for Fraxinus americana 'Autumn Purple'

Common Name:
Autumn Purple White Ash

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Dioecious, usually unisexual, apetalous, both sexes appearing in panicles before the leaves, calyx minute, campanulate, corolla absent

Fruit Details:
Samara, 1-2" long body rounded in cross section; looks like a canoe paddle

Fall Color:
Reddish purple

Bark Details:
Ash gray to gray-brown, furrowed into close diamond-shaped areas seperated by narrow interlacing ridges; on very old trees slightly scaly along the ridges.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Leaf rust, leaf spots, cankers, dieback, ash borer, lilac leaf miner, lilac borer, carpenter worm, brown-headed ash sawfly, fall webworm, ash flower gall, oyster shell scale, and scurfy scale.

Native Habitat:
Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas

Other Features:
Great ornamental despite a long list of pests

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted, makes it's best growth on deep, moist, well drained soils, ph adaptable, full sun.

This plant was blooming:
3/30/2007 - 4/5/2007
4/8/2005 - 4/15/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1780, 1790, 3180, 3190

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.