Ajuntament de Barcelona

Fraxinus angustifolia

Joan Brossa Garden

    Catalan name: 
    Freixe de fulla petita
    Spanish name: 
    English name: 
    Narrow leaf ash
    Botanical synonyms: 
    Fraxinus lentiscifolia, Fraxinus parvifolia, Fraxinus rotundifolia
    Species characteristics
    Northern Africa and Iberian Peninsula
    Riparian forests and some gully sides

    Deciduous tree 18-25 m tall with straight trunk and wide oval crown, 8-10 m in diameter. The bark is rough and reddish to greyish coloured.

    The leaves, 3-7 cm long, are compound, opposite and imparipinnate, composed of 7-9 lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate leaflets, which are finely jagged on the top half. The upper side is dark green and glabrous, while the lower side, lighter green, has pubescent nervation. The petiole is also pubescent.

    The dunnish flowers have not calyx nor corolla and appear intodense terminal and axillary panicles.

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    Uses and properties: 

    The leaves and bark of the Narrow Leaf Ash are used in medicine and its wood is very appreciated in carpentry.

    Leaves are also used to feed cattle.

    Narrow Leaf Ashes are used in wide avenues and gardens.

    History and curiosities: 

    The scientific name, Fraxinus angustifolia, consists of the genus name Fraxinus, from the Latin fraxinus, “ash tree”, and the term angustifolia,"of narrow leaf", coming from the Latin words angusta, "narrow", and folia, "leaf".

    For further information: 

    LÓPEZ GONZÁLEZ, Ginés A. Los árboles y arbustos de la Península Ibérica e Islas Baleares. (2 vol.) Madrid: Mundi-Prensa, 2001

    THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Enciclopedia de plantas y flores. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1996