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FRAXINUS malacophylla

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Michael Charters,



Botanical Name

FRAXINUS malacophylla

Plant Common Name

White Gun Ash

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This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

White gun ash is native to the dry rocky montane forests of southeastern China and Thailand.

The compound leaves emerge green and fuzzy in spring. They have oval leaflets with toothed edges. Uponn the branch tips in early summer, airy clusters of white flowers emerge after the leaves in late spring and are dioecious, which means that trees are either bear entirely male or female blossoms. Only the female trees produce clusters of winged fruits, called samaras, ripening to tan by early fall.

Grow white gun ash in full sun and any fertile, well-draining soil that is coarse or gritty with incorporated organic matter. Male trees are preferred for urban areas because they do not produce the clusters of fruits which will be eaten by birds and rodents. This is a lovely shade tree for a variety of cool, dry locations.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    26'-32' / 7.9m - 9.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, China

Growing Conditions

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Yellow Green

Special Characteristics