A common staple on Alberta boulevards and parks, and for good reason. Prized for being being one of the few fast growth large trees reliable enough to be trusted along a roadway; the Green ash brings an understated combination of practicality, reliability, and durability, all wrapped up in a beautiful, visually appealing package.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: With proper care, these trees can live for 100-150 years, offering generations the opportunity to enjoy their shade and ecological benefits.
  • Canopy Size and Spread: Reaches a mature spread of 40-50 feet, creating a significant shade canopy.
  • Growth Rate: Fast grower, adding 2-3 feet per year after establishment.
  • Canopy Height: Maturity brings a height of 50-70 feet, providing ample shade for homes and larger landscapes.
  • Soil Preference: Adapts well to various soils, but thrives in moist, well-drained conditions. Tolerates clay, loam, and even slightly alkaline soils.
  • Water Needs: Moderately water-dependent, especially during the first few years after planting and during dry spells. Once established, they are drought tolerant.
  • Flowers and Fruits: Small, greenish-yellow flowers appear in clusters in early spring, lasting only a short period. These are followed by single-winged seeds (samaras) that mature in fall and add winter texture.

Interesting facts

  • A Majestic Native: The Green Ash is native to eastern and central North America, offering a natural element to your landscape and supporting local ecosystems.
  • Ash for Everything: Throughout history, various Ash species have been used for their strong, elastic wood. From tool handles to furniture, to MLB baseball bats; the Green Ash’s close relatives have played a role in human history.
  • Fall Foliage Transformation: While not as showy as some trees, the Green Ash offers a subtle display of fall beauty. Its green leaves transition to a soft yellow hue in autumn, adding a touch of warmth to the changing landscape.
  • Fast-Growing Shade Provider: The Green Ash is a champion of quick growth, offering a cooling canopy in a relatively short period. This makes it a perfect choice for homeowners seeking shade and privacy relatively quickly.
  • Adaptable and Hardy: This versatile tree thrives in various soil types, tolerates moderate drought, and withstands harsh winters. This adaptability makes it suitable for planting across a wide range of climates.
  • Low-Maintenance Beauty: The Green Ash requires minimal care beyond occasional pruning to maintain the desired shape and remove dead branches. Its resistance to most pests and diseases adds to its low-maintenance appeal.
  • Wildlife Haven: The Green Ash provides valuable food and shelter for wildlife. Birds flock to feast on its winged seeds (samaras), while butterflies and other pollinators find nectar in its small, inconspicuous flowers.


Interested In Adding This Unique Tree To Your Property?

Contact Edmonton Arborist and our expert tree planting team will bring and install your very own Green Ash!

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