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Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
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Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
Typical habitat

General: Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina) is a tallish, round-topped tree of wet areas. The leaves are compound (each leaf is divided into 5 or 7 elongate leaflets). Seeds are produced in bunches that hang from small branchlet; each seed has a wing that catches in the wind. The bark is gray with many, shallow furrows.

Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina) are found along washes, rivers, and other wet areas in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) life zone.

Around Las Vegas, the best place to find Velvet Ash is along the Calico Basin Boardwalk Trail in Red Rock Canyon NCA.

Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
Typical habitat

Family: Olive (Oleaceae).

Other Names:

Plant Form: Upright, branching tree.

Height: Usually 15-25 ft, to 50 ft.

Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

Trunk: Gray with many, shallow furrows in the bark.

Leaves: Leaves compound (usually 5 or 7 leaflets), elongate. The upper surface of young leaves are velvety.

Flowers: Not showy, has no petals.

Seeds: Seeds are produced in bunches that hang from small branchlets; each seed has a wing (sumara) that catches in the wind.

Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
A single, compound leaf

Distribution: California to SW Utah and Texas, and south into northern Mexico.

Habitat: Washes, river corridors, springs.

Elevation: About 1,000 to 5,000 feet.


Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
Fruits and leaves
Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
Gray, fissured bark
Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina) Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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