Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

White ash (Fraxinus americana)

Large trees

White ash


  • Maximum height
    80 feet
  • Relative growth rate
    Good
  • Freedom from insect pests
    Poor
  • Freedom from disease problems
    Good
  • Resistance to storm damage
    Good
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
    Good
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
    Poor
  • Easy to transplant
    Good
  • Withstands city conditions
    Good

White ash does not grow as fast as green ash, but it will eventually become a larger tree. It develops a purple fall color that is rather unique. Seedless varieties of white ash such as ‘Rosehill' or ‘Autumn Purple' should be planted in preference to the standard varieties. Emerald ash borer, an exotic pest from Asia may eventually limit the usefulness of green and white ash in Missouri.