About This Plant

Fraxinus ornus, commonly known as Manna Ash, is a deciduous tree celebrated for its ornamental qualities. The tree typically attains a height of 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters), showcasing a rounded to oval crown. The bark of Fraxinus ornus is smooth and greyish-brown when young, developing distinctive fissures and a rougher texture as the tree matures. It is named for the sweet sap, called “manna,” that exudes from its branches, which has been historically collected and used as a sweetener and medicinal substance.

The Story

Leaf

Manna Ash has leaves that are pinnately compound, featuring several pairs of elongated leaflets arranged along a central stem. Each leaflet is lance-shaped with serrated edges, imparting an elegant and textured appearance to the tree’s foliage. The leaves are typically a vibrant green, creating a lush canopy during the growing season. As autumn approaches, the foliage may transition to shades of yellow or purple.

Produce

The manna ash produces winged seeds in clusters. These seeds are enclosed in samaras, which are flattened, winged structures that facilitate wind dispersal. The seeds are generally small, brown, and can be observed hanging in clusters during the tree’s fruiting season.
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