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Fraxinus griffithii (OLEACEAE) Himalayan Ash, Evergreen ash

Fraxinus
Photo: Robert Whyte

A quick growing, very hardy, drought tolerant, evergreen small tree (to 15m), starting to become more common in the Enoggera catchment. A new and emerging weed at the beginning of its naturalisation (early 2007). Has been used as a street tree in Brisbane.

Foliage smaller than typical ash leaves, glabrous and shiny green, pinnately compound, mostly 5-11 ovate to elliptic leaflets per leaf, trunk mostly smooth and light gray, medium fine texture.

Panicles of small white flowers mid spring followed by large clusters of white winged seed, remaining on the tree to mid winter. (The naturalised plants haven't flowered yet.)

It is also a timber tree in Taiwan.