White Ash (Fraxinus americana Autumn Purple®)

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Autumn Purple®
Cultivar name: 'Junginger'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 30 feet
Plant Spread: 30 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2012 Great Plant Picks Winner

Taken in dawn's early light.

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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2015-10-14Taken in dawn's early light.
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: October in 1980'sfull-grown tree in autumn color
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-27a maturing planted tree in summer
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-27summer leaves
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-27portion of the trunk with bark
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Location: My garden - Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: 2011-10-20
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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Oct 16, 2015 10:45 AM

A fast growing ash tree. This entire subcategory of trees is under attack all across the nation by the Emerald Ash Borer, so you won't see too many of them anymore. Trees that are not being eaten by the borer are being chopped down by municipalities to prevent the spread, which is a shame as this is such a beautiful tree.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 17, 2017 5:24 PM

This has been the most common cultivar of White Ash grown by nurseries and planted in landscapes in much of the Midwest and East. It develops an excellent glossy purple-red autumn color and makes a good pyramidal-oval outline. I am concerned that so many White Ash trees are of this one cultivar that the genetic diversity is limited, so if a problem comes along, there is a situation of "having all of ones eggs in one basket." Here in central Chester County, in southeast Pennsylvania through 2018, this cultivar and other White Ashes are doing well so far, but the Emerald Ash Borer has now just entered this area and in the next coming years, I expect most will be killed off. A few that will be treated with systemic insecticide will live on.

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