Fraxinus griffithii (OLEACEAE) Himalayan Ash, Evergreen Ash

Weeds to Whack

A quick-growing, very hardy, drought-tolerant, evergreen small tree to 15 m, starting to become more common in the Enoggera catchment. A new and emerging weed at the beginning of its naturalisation (early 2007). Has been used as a street tree in Brisbane. Foliage smaller than typical ash leaves, glabrous and shiny green, pinnately compound, mostly 5-11 ovate to elliptic leaflets per leaf, trunk mostly smooth and light grey, medium fine texture. Panicles of small white flowers mid spring followed by large clusters of white winged seed, remaining on the tree to mid winter. It is also a timber tree in Taiwan.

Photo: Robert Whyte