Raywood ash pros and cons

The Claret ash or Raywood ash is an ash tree genus, a variation of the Caucasian ash seedling. The initial planting was found near a set of diverse ash trees in the greenhouse of Sewell on Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia around 1910, and subsequently planted at the nearby Raywood farm. The tree was brought in 1928 to England and in 1956 to the United States, but until 1979 this was not commonly available there.

The tree rises to about 40-50 feet and has dry green leaflets that in the autumn, turn to a dusty red. The tree bark is noticeably softer than the Caucasian Ash, which is very evident on the plants grafted on the stock of the Caucasian Ash. The decline of some older trees, due to a variety of climate distress and
the involvement of the Botryosphaeria fungus has been noted in Australia and the United States.

The ash of Raywood is known for its great fall colour. Before collapsing in autumn, the leaves
change from tones of red to purple. The Raywood ash has a shiny appearance that contributes to the landscape's softness. When small, it appears to remain more circular or straight, but progresses to be a fully rounded canopy that adds significance to the landscape.

Raywood ash pros and cons

Raywood ash pros and cons:

Raywood is a deciduous, rapidly growing, decent sized tree. When young, it has a thin, elevated crown then widens into a complete, broad canopy as it gets older. The vegetation is the most seductive aspect of this tree. The narrow, serrated leaves are dark green and shiny in the summer, offering a speckled shade underneath. In autumn, however, they truly come out of their own when they turn stunning shades of purple and wine-red.

It' is also a suitable tree for the planting of cities and streets. It is a perfect choice because of its conformity and soil compaction resistance. It also has higher dry soil resistance than Fraxinus excelsior (Common Ash). However, the downside is that the branches can be weak and vulnerable to splitting. 

To build a good branch structure, make sure that the main lateral branches are spaced along the trunk and keep the inner secondary branches stable. This encourages each main branch to grow more thoroughly and, by increasing taper along major branches, could improve longevity. Do not allow significant scaffold limbs to develop on the trunk opposite each other as this results in a poor framework and could actually create a weak tree.

This should be cultivated in direct sunlight and, once developed, it is reasonably drought-tolerant. While wet sites can be endured by trees, in well-drained settings, they will do much better. On wet sites and on clay soil, surface roots can be a concern, but they otherwise grow from sand to clay in a variety of environments.

The 'Raywood' cultivar has unusually stunning red fall foliage and does not grow seeds; it is often referred to as 'Claret Ash'. In the fall, 'Flame' becomes deep burgundy, identical to burgundy Sweetgum.
No insects or diseases, but probably borers are of great concern. This tree has been reported to be immune to anthracnose and Ash Lygus bug, which destroys other ashes.

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