Velvet Ash

Fraxinus velutina

Velvet Ash, Fraxinus velutina, pen & Ink © by Michael Plagens

A butterfly caterpillar is shown resting on a leaf at bottom center. It belongs to a Two-tailed Swallowtail, a very large butterfly of Arizona sycamore canyons.

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Two-tailed Swallowtail

Two-tailed Swallowtail

Wooly Aphids

Ash Wooly Aphids

TREE: A medium sized tree with dark gray, often nearly black, fissured bark.

RANGE: This riparian habitat tree is common along the middle and lower elevations of sycamore canyons in Arizona. It ranges to slightly lower, hotter elevations than sycamores. Ash hybrids are frequent shade trees in the hot desert cities.

UNARMED: no thorns

FLOWERS: Dioeceous: male and female flowers appear on separate trees. No petals.
leaves and fruit of velvet ash
FRUIT: Typical winged ash seeds on female trees are up to 3 cm long and ½ cm wide.

LEAVES: Compound leaves are opposite on the stems and margins are weakly serrate. The petiole and leaves when new have velvety pubescence.

Oleaceae -- Olive Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 11 July 2010,
updated 12 June 2016.