Fraxinus uhdei

Shamel Ash
Shamel Ash
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

25-40′ x 15-25′


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions

Container Sizes

#5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Fraxinus uhdei sometimes called Shamel Ash is a tree that is not native to California. Fraxinus is a genus of flowering plants in the olive and lilac family oleaceae. It contains over 50 species of medium to large trees that are mostly deciduous though a few sub tropical species are evergreen. The tree’s common English name ash goes back to Old English. The generic name originated in Latin. Both words also meant spear in their respective languages. The leaves are opposite and mostly pinnate. The seeds popularly known as keys or helicopter seeds are a type of fruit known as a samara.Fraxinus uhdei grows to 40 feet or more and the canopy spread can be nearly as much. It is an evergreen tree if grown in the low desert and is semi-deciduous in colder climates. It has very attractive foliage. It is considered fast-growing. Some of the seedless varieties stay more evergreen than other ashes. Fraxinus uhdei has exceptionally large glossy leaves. Most make low-maintenance pest-free shade trees that are perfect for yard or street plantings.

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