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Fraxinus velutina 'Rio Grande'

Fan-Tex Ash
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Also Grown As:
  • Standard Tree
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 30-50' x 20-30'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Upright
  • Native To:
  • Southwest
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Drought Resistant, Fall Color, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 3b-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 6


Those living in hot regions welcome shade when temperatures soar and relief is nowhere in sight. Send a Fan-Tex Ash to the rescue! Spreading upright to 50’ tall and 30’ wide with an ample canopy of dark green foliage that resists wind burn, drought, cold, desert and intermountain conditions, this fast growing deciduous southwestern native could be just what the doctor ordered. Growing as quickly as 36” in a season, its attractively fissured gray to brown trunk and leathery green leaves that turn golden yellow in the fall make it an excellent shade, street, or lawn tree. It thrives on full sun and needs medium amounts water. Sunset Western Garden Book suggests these for zones 3b-24. It will attract butterflies and birds in the spring when its insignificant flowers appear. One of Boething Treeland’s most popular trees, we grow them in 15 gallons, 24” and 36” boxes.