Arizona Ash (Fraxinus velutina)
Arizona Ash is a medium to large deciduous ornamental shade tree used in landscaping throughout Phoenix. Because of it’s high water requirements, it is infrequently used in desert landscaping and therefore is less common in the newer communities of Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Maricopa, although it can be found frequently in older parts of Ahwatukee, equestrian properties such as Warner Ranch, as well throughout Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Central Phoenix. It should not be confused with the more common Shamel Ash which is not an allergenic tree. The Arizona Ash is in the same family as the Olive tree (Oleaceae family) and individuals who are sensitive to Olive tree pollen will also have problems when exposed to Ash tree pollen.
Pollination: February through April