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Windy City White Ash

Fraxinus americana 'Windy City'

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Windy City White Ash (Fraxinus americana 'Windy City') at Landscape Garden Centers

Windy City White Ash

Windy City White Ash

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Windy City White Ash (Fraxinus americana 'Windy City') at Landscape Garden Centers

Windy City White Ash in fall

Windy City White Ash in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

A large shade tree with brilliant fall colors of red, purple and yellow all on the same tree and a shapely habit of growth; at its best in larger properties, parks and street plantings

Ornamental Features

Windy City White Ash has dark green foliage throughout the season. The compound leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Windy City White Ash is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Windy City White Ash is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Windy City White Ash will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features