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FRAXINUS pennsylvanica (GEORGIA GEM®)

Image of Fraxinus pennsylvanica 'Oconee' (GEORGIA GEM®)

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

FRAXINUS pennsylvanica 'Oconee'(GEORGIA GEM®)

Plant Common Name

Georgia Gem™ Green Ash, Green Ash

General Description

Georgia Gem® was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr for its heat tolerance, lustrous dark green leaves and low fruit production. Throughout the growing season this tall, deciduous shade tree has attractive shiny, compound leaves of dark green that turn yellow in autumn. Ashes flower early in the season, but their blooms are inconspicuous. Flowers are followed by clusters of single seeded, papery fruits, each with a single dry, brown wing. These can be messy, which is why the low fruit output of Georgia Gem® is desirable.

A native of eastern North American, green ash is adapted to a wide range of soils and topographies, including wet sites, and prefers full to part sun. It is widely planted, and makes a great shade tree or street tree for urban settings. Avoid planting ashes where emerald ash borer has become a problem.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    50'-60' / 15.2m - 18.3m

  • Width

    25'-70' / 7.6m - 21.3m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No