Modesto Ash (Fraxinus velutina ‘Modesto’)

Modesto Ash

  • Grafted Male Selection of Native Tree
  • Seedless
  • Fast-Growing
  • Narrow Canopy
  • Wonderful Shade or Street Tree
  • Green Leaves Feature Velvety Undersides
  • Spectacular Yellow Fall Color
  • Highly Textured Bark for Winter Interest
  • Can Be Grown in Partial Shade
  • Grows in Alkaline Soils
  • Listed as Fire Resistant
  • Easy Care

Small lots need modern trees that won’t take up too much room. If you need super-fast shade, but must have a right-sized tree, choose the compact Modesto Ash (Fraxinus velutina ‘Modesto’).

This grafted male selection stays a bit shorter than it’s cousins, Fan Tex and Arizona Ash. Rather than rounded, the canopy stays narrow. And because it’s male, there are no messy seeds (or seedlings) to worry about!

This deciduous tree features pretty, compound leaves that range from bright lime to dark green. Each small leaflet has a fuzzy texture on the bottom side.

They’ll look great all season, and cast a wonderful shade for you and your family and friends at your barbeques and swimming parties.

Just wait until the fall color develops! The Modesto Ash delivers an excellent display of golden-yellow that lasts a long time.

Modesto Ash is a wonderful shade tree for the hot, arid climates and high pH soil found in the Southwest and California.

How to Use Modesto Ash in the Landscape

Save on your energy bills with these trees planted on the south or west side of your property. Use one as a specimen or plan out an impressive landscape feature using 3, 5 or 7 of them.

Try mixing them with Fan Tex Ash in an effective grouping. Plant the Modesto to the east of the Fan Tex, as it tolerates partial shade.

These trees work well to beautifully delineate your property line. Plant them along your street, driveway or fence line.

If you want the canopies to grow together and touch, space them 15 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the trunk of one to the trunk of the next.

As with all Ash trees, allow at least 20 feet from any structures or poured concrete. Don’t select Modesto Ash for use in front of windows. Fan Tex Ash is better able to handle reflective heat.

Tips for Care

Plant Modesto Ash in either full sun or partial shade conditions. It needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.

This variety is perfectly suited to high pH alkaline soils. It can withstand tough levels of electrical conductivity, where the salinity of the soil is high. It is adaptable to many types of soil, including clay, loam and sand, as long as they are well-drained.

Protect your investment with careful watering the first season. Once it is established in your soil, it has a moderate tolerance for drought. Give it a deep drink when it turns really hot out.

Apply mulch to help the root system stay cool. Spread a three-inch thick layer out three feet from the canopy. Mulch should not touch the trunk, so pull it away from the tree by several inches.

Prune Modest Ash to correct form or remove branches in late winter. Fertilize with an organic, slow-release formula. Follow the directions and application rate on the package.

You’ll love how fast the compact Modesto Ash grows to provide an attractive feature in your landscape.

Modesto Ash (Fraxinus velutina ‘Modesto’) Details

Common name Modesto Ash
Botanical name Fraxinus velutina 'Modesto'
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 35 - 40 ft.
Width 25 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Yellow
Leaf color Deciduous