The Q&A Archives: Fraxinus Raywood

Question: I recently purchased two fraxinus trees (Raywood) from my local nursery. The information on the trees said they will grow to 25-35 feet and 25 weed wide. This is the size I am looking for. They will be placed roughlyl 13 feet from my pool to screen a house. I then looked this tree up on your web site and learned that it will grow to 60-70 feet and as wide. Two other garden books, including Western Gardening, say the tree will reach 25-35 feet. Could you please let me know what height this tree will reach? It will be planted in clay soil. Highs in the summer around 90 degrees and getting to 23 degrees F in the winter.

Answer: Raywood ash typically grows 25-35' tall and wide at maturity when grown in landscape situations. These are fast-growing trees at first and then they settle down and grow more slowly. While pruning isn't necessay because they develop an attractive canopy all on their own, you can certainly prune them back while they are young, which will keep them from growing too large, too fast.

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