Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zone
Zones 8, 9, 12-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Fraxinus velutina coriacea

Montebello Ash
Oleaceae
Deciduous, Trees

FRAXINUS

Fairly fast-growing trees, most of which tolerate hot summers, cold winters, and many kinds of soil, including alkaline sorts. Chiefly used as street, shade, lawn, and patio shelter trees. In most cases, leaves are divided into leaflets. Male and female flowers (generally inconspicuous, in clusters) grow on separate trees in some species, on the same tree in ­others. In the latter case, flowers are often followed by clusters of single-seeded, winged fruit, often in such abundance that they can be a litter problem. When flowers are on separate trees, you’ll get fruit on a female tree only if a male tree grows nearby.

Ash trees are prone to borers. In some parts of California, ash whitefly is a problem; these chalky white, 1/8-in.-long insects colonize in patches on leaf undersides. Outbreaks are usually controlled by natural enemies; avoid spraying with broad-spectrum insecticides, which are likely to wipe out these beneficial predators.

Fraxinus velutina coriacea

Native mostly to Southern California. Broader, more leathery leaves than the species.

You Might Also Like...

Eriogonum fasciculatum polifolium

Native to inland mountains and deserts of California into western Utah, Arizona, and northwest Mexico....

Aloe brevifolia

This low grower forms spreading clumps of blunt, thick, blue-green, spiny-edged leaves just 3 in. long...

Echeveria hybrids

Generally have large, loose rosettes of big leaves on single or branched stems; plant size varies by h...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement