(Raywood Ash / Claret Ash)
Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’ (also known as Fraxinus oxycarpa ‘Raywood’) is a medium sized, fast growing, deciduous tree. It has a narrow, upright crown when young and broadens into a full, rounded canopy as it matures.
The most alluring feature of this tree is the foliage. Throughout the summer, the narrow, serrated leaves are dark green and glossy providing dappled shade below. They really come into their own in the Autumn though when they turn brilliant hues of purple and wine-red.
Fraxinus ‘Raywood’ is also a good tree for urban and avenue planting. Its uniformity and tolerance to soil compaction make it a great choice. It also has a greater tolerance for dry soils than Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash). The drawback however, is that the branches can be brittle and prone to breaking.
The tree originates from south Australia around about 1910 and was grown at a property called ‘Raywood’. It was not introduced to the UK until 1928.
Name: Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’
Common Name: Claret Ash or Raywood Ash
Height: Approximately 15m height
Demands: Ideal on a well drained soil but tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Very good in urban environments
Foliage: Slender, dark-green leaves throughout summer and spectacular Autumn colouring
Fruit: Does not produce fruit
Autumn colouring on Fraxinus ‘Raywood’
Narrow, dark green leaves in summer
Fraxinus ‘Raywood’ 20-25-30cm girth
Dark brown buds - unlike the black buds of Common Ash
Purple and red autumn foliage