Tree to c. 20 m or more high, deciduous, with dark brown winter buds. Leaves mostly 14–20 cm long; leaflets 5–13 (usually 5–7), narrow-lanceolate to elliptic, mostly 5–8 cm long and 0.7–2 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cuneate, margins serrate, glabrous. Panicles axillary, many-flowered, appearing before the leaves; sepals and corolla absent. Samara elliptic, 3–4 cm long, slightly twisted, winged in upper half. Flowers spring.
*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised in WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Asia. A popular street or garden tree that has been noted as naturalised at a few sites near Melbourne and near Euroa.
Claret Ash (Fraxinus angustifolia subsp. oxycarpa (Willd.) Franco & Rocha Afonso 'Raywood') is commonly grown for its spectacular purplish autumn foliage, but naturalised plants belong to the nominate subspecies with yellowish autumn leaves.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|