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Single-leaf Ash | Fraxinus excelsior Diversifolia of Fraxinus excelsior Monophyllla

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This group of ash trees is quite unusual. The name says it: they are single-leaved and were once called 'Monophylla’, literally, one-leaf.

The ash occurs naturally in much of Europe. Various ash species are also found in other parts of the world.

There are several types of ash in Europe, but the Fraxinus Excelsior is the only species that occurs in the Netherlands. Similar to privet and lilac, the ash belongs to the olive family.

The tree likes to grow in moist and nutrient-rich soils. Other than that, the tree makes few demands. Ash trees grow their leaves late and drops them early.

The tree planted here is a cultivar of the species. This anomaly was discovered in England in 1789. Instead of having multiple leaves (9-13), this tree has one leaf with two smaller leaves. The tree bears no fruit.

In the young years the t…

The ash occurs naturally in much of Europe. Various ash species are also found in other parts of the world.

There are several types of ash in Europe, but the Fraxinus Excelsior is the only species that occurs in the Netherlands. Similar to privet and lilac, the ash belongs to the olive family.

The tree likes to grow in moist and nutrient-rich soils. Other than that, the tree makes few demands. Ash trees grow their leaves late and drops them early.

The tree planted here is a cultivar of the species. This anomaly was discovered in England in 1789. Instead of having multiple leaves (9-13), this tree has one leaf with two smaller leaves. The tree bears no fruit.

In the young years the tree is almost columnar. Later on, the tree develops a broad, upright crown that can reach a height of 15 to 18 metres. The width is about 10 meters. Striking are the dark brown, almost black buds that are clearly visible in winter.

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