†Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' at Roath Park Lake

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Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea'
mid August 2015

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Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea'
mid September 2017

Grid reference ST 18456 80022
Common name Golden ash
Common name Yellow European ash
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Height 12M August 2015
Girth 145cm August 2015
Reference 255

†This tree may be a stunted Fraxinus excelsior 'Jaspidea', being rather large for the dwarf form 'Aurea'.

It is on the west side of the Lake, opposite Cunningham Close. Since the mid 1980s it has been roughly the same size but no formal measurements have been taken.[1]

Measured in May 2016, the length of leaves was typically between 245 and 300mm whilst the length of leaflets were between 70 and 75mm. A nearby Fraxinus excelsior 'Jaspidea' had typical leaf lengths of between 310 and 330mm whilst its leaflets were 88 to 95mm long.

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' bark

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' bark
August 2015

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' foliage

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' foliage
mid August 2015

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' compare

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' leaf comparison
late May 2016

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' leaf

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' autumn leaves
mid October 2016

General tree description

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' is a cultivar of the Common ash, Fraxinus excelsior, noted for its golden autumn foliage. It is a small, slow-growing tree, broadly conical or rounded in shape. The pinnate leaves are pale yellow in spring, becoming pale green in summer, turning to brilliant gold in autumn. In spring there are inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers. In winter the young shoots show golden yellow.

Fraxinus excelsior 'Aurea' is a smaller tree than the Fraxinus excelsior 'Jaspidea', which also has the common name Golden ash. The mature leaves of the 'Aurea' are smaller than those of the 'Jaspidea'.

Sources of Information

  1. Personal communication (TD)