Fraxinus americana Autumn Purple®
Common name: 
Autumn Purple Ash
Pronunciation: 
FRAKS-i-nus a-mer-i-KA-na
Family: 
Oleaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
'Junginger'
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous tree, to 40 ft and 25 ft wide (12 × 7.5 m), rapid growing, dense, rounded habit. Leaves opposite, pinnately compound, leaflets somewhat smaller than the species type, dark green and glabrous above.  Fall color may include mottled orange-yellow, deep purple or mahogany.  Seedless, a male.
  • Sun.  Growth may be best in deep, moist, well-drained soil, however, fall color better in full sun.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4    Discovered at the University of Wisconsin by Karl Junginger (1905-1991) of McKay nursery, Waterloo, Iowa, it was introduced in 1956 (Jacobson, 1996).
  • Corvallis: north side of Central Park on Monroe Ave; also on 3rd St. between Adams and Washington Aves.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: two trees at each entrance to the Washington Ave. parking lot east of 11th St.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • leaves

    leaves

  • leaflets

    leaflets

  • plant habit, early fall

    plant habit, early fall

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaves, fall

    leaves, fall

  • plant habit and foliage, fall

    plant habit and foliage, fall

  • plant habit and foliage, fall

    plant habit and foliage, faland l

  • variation in leaf and leaflet color

    variation in leaf and leaflet color

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark

  • terminal buds, late fall

    terminal buds, late fall

  • lateral bud and leaf scar, late fall

    lateral bud and leaf scar, late fall