Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea'

A slow growing tree slightly smaller than the species, with yellowish branches, closely arranged winter buds and bright green leaves that change to golden yellow in autumn.

First recognised in Holland in 1807.

It is possible that trees grown under this name are in fact F. 'Jaspidea', which is fast growing and more open. F. 'Jaspidea' also has yellowish leaves early in the season that become completely yellow in autumn, as well as yellow bark on the branchlets in winter; the winter buds are not crowded as they are in F. 'Aurea'. The yellow branches (often green-striped only in this cultivar) and the bright yellow autumn leaves are similar to those of F. 'Aurea'.

Introduced in France, 1802.

This is an extremely valuable timber tree producing white, durable wood.

A tree with yellow-variegated leaves, possibly F. 'Aureovariegata', grows to the north of the statue of Mercury in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens; it was 6.5 m tall in 1988.

VIC: Moonee Ponds (Queens Park); Mt Macedon ('Alton'). TAS: Hobart (St David's Park).

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Oleaceae
genus        Fraxinus L.
species         Fraxinus excelsior L.