Fraxinus caroliniana

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Pop Ash, Water Ash


Plant Specifics

Size:30-60 ft tall by 10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous, blooms in early spring, fruits ripen summer-fall. Dispersal is by wind and water. Lives about 50 yrs (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Wet sites. Floodplains, swamps. Typically in areas with prolonged, deep inundation.


Recommended Uses:Use in wet settings to improve the aesthetics of drainage ponds and swales. This is a good plant to retain in natural wetlands as it is frequently used for roosting by wading birds. Often multi-trunked.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Rodents and birds consume seed. 

Larval host for eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) and viceroy (Limenitis archippus).