The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

The Flowering ash Fraxinus Ornus*

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The Flowering ash (Fraxinus Ornus*) is a small tree of about 20 feet, growing plentifully in the south of Europe, and is also found sparingly in this country. Its chief beauty lies in the beautiful clusters of pale or greenish-white flowers, borne on the terminal branches in May and June. The foliage and general appearance of the tree are much like those of the common ash; but when in blossom it resembles a good deal the Carolina Fringe tree. In Italy a gummy substance called manna exudes from the bark, which is used in medicine. (* Ornus Europワus of Persoon, and the European botanists. Beck remarks that the American kind is so little known, that it is difficult to determine whether it is a different species or only a mere variety of the European.)