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Care of the plant Fraxinus ornus or Manna ash.

Care of the plant Fraxinus ornus or Manna ash

The genus Fraxinus, family Oleaceae, includes about 50 species of trees native to Europe, Asia and North America. Some species are: Fraxinus ornus, Fraxinus angustifolia, Fraxinus dipetala, Fraxinus floribunda, Fraxinus chinensis.

Common names: Manna ash, Flowering ash or South European flowering ash. This species is native to southern Europe and southwestern Asia.

They are deciduous trees with a wide and rounded crown that reach 12 meters (39.37 feet) in height. The bark is smooth and gray in color. The leaves are compound, up to 30 cm long and are composed of oval and lanceolate leaflets with a serrated margin and a matt green color; in autumn the leaves take on beautiful golden and reddish tones. The scented flowers are small but appear in showy white inflorescences. They bloom in spring. They produce fruits in the form of hanging samaras.

They are used as shade trees, as isolated specimens and in rows. They are ideal for small and medium gardens.

Fraxinus ornus grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures (in Mediterranean climates); does not like intense heat. It resists frosts down to -15 ºC (5 ºF).

The soil can be a normal garden soil with compost or with manure; they also grow in alkaline soils. Planting is done in autumn or late winter.

Water regularly so that the substrate is always slightly damp but never watery. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize in early spring with mineral fertilizer and in autumn with organic matter.

They do not need pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in the fall but take a long time to germinate.

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Fraxinus ornus
Fraxinus ornus
Fraxinus ornus