Real World Gardener Stately Claret Ash is Plant of the Week

August 24th, 2017

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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Fraxinus Raywoodii

Claret Ash


Would you like a tree that shades your house or garden in summer, but drops all its leaves in winter so you get winter sun?

Not only does it serve this practical purpose but it has fabulous Autumn colour especially in colder districts.



Let’s find out about this plant.

I'm talking with the plant panel :Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.

PLAY: Claret Ash_16th August_2017 

Did you know that the original seedling was discovered near a group of assorted ash trees in Sewell's nursery in the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia about 1910, and later grown at the nearby property Raywood  near Bridgewater in the Adelaide Hills.(former home of the Downer family). 

The tree was introduced to Britain in 1928 and to North America in 1956, although it did not become widely available there until 1979

Other Types of Ash Trees.There are a few different types of Ash trees such as Fraxinus ornus, the Flowering Ash Fraxinus oxycarpa the Desert Ash and Fraxinus excelsior ‘aurea’ the Golden Ash.

But none are quite as spectacular as Fraxinus Raywoodii, the Claret Ash.

The leaves are a deep dark green in the warmer months but turn this deep burgundy red in Autumn before they fall.

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