Fan Tex Ash

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Uniform Shape, Seedless Fan Tex Ash Tree

  • Grafted Male Selection of Native Tree
  • Seedless
  • Fast-Growing
  • Wonderful Shade or Street Tree
  • Symmetrical, Rounded Canopy Casts Wide-Spreading Shade
  • Smooth, Glistening Green Leaves
  • Bright Yellow Fall Color
  • Leaves Drop All At Once for Easy Fall Clean-Up
  • Textured Bark Adds Interest
  • Performs Well in Arid, High Heat
  • Grows in Alkaline Soils

If you are sweltering in the high heat of the arid Southwest, get yourself a Fan Tex Ash tree (Fraxinus velutina 'Fan Tex'). It performs beautifully as a shade tree and is tough enough to handle the challenging climate.

Fan Tex is a male selection of the native Arizona Ash tree. It is carefully grafted by our expert growers and will not produce any seed.

These trees have excellent uniformity. If you are buying more than one tree, they will all look very similar in their neat, symmetrical growth habit.

Can you imagine a more perfect street tree? Create a handsome landscape - the easy way - with Fan Tex Ash.

With a nice size for modern lots, the Fan Tex develops a straight, textured trunk and a wide, rounded canopy. The thick leaves are compound, and each small leaflet is smooth and shiny.

These green summer leaves look great in the sun! And you'll definitely appreciate the refreshing shade they cast across the ground.

Fan Tex leaves emerge earlier in the spring and last longer in the fall than other Desert Ash varieties. That means more shade for you, your family, friends and guests for longer.

In fall, get ready for a bright color display as the leaves turn brilliant golden-yellow. Just in time to celebrate the start of the Football Season!

Even the leaf drop is convenient because it happens all at once. One quick session with your rake and you're done.

As the trees age, the trunk gets very textured. The kids will run their fingers up and down the trunk, and you'll have something interesting to look at in wintertime.

Fan Tex Ash is perfectly suited to high pH alkaline soils. It can withstand tough levels of electrical conductivity, where the salinity of the soil is high.

Overall, Fan Tex Ash is an excellent, tough shade tree for the Southwest. Order from Nature Hills today, and you'll receive high-quality, professional landscapers grade trees right at your doorstep.

How to Use Fan Tex Ash in the Landscape

Use Fan Tex Ash for a stately shade tree. You'll love how fast it grows to provide an attractive feature in your landscape.

Plant one as a lawn tree on the south or west side of your home to save on energy bills in summer.

Or, use a row of them along the length of your fence. If you want the canopies to grow together and touch, plant them 15 feet on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

This variety is certainly formal enough to be used in regular, even rows. Create a series of Living Walls with 3 or 5 trees to help shade important outdoor entertainment areas.

You'll utilize your backyard a lot more with help from Fan Tex Ash. You'll bless those thick leaves and their delicious shade.

Use Fan Tex as part of an informal grouping. Add other varieties, such as the seedless Modesto Ash, and vary the spacing from 20 - 30 feet. You'll get a more natural look if you use an odd number of trees, and plant in isosceles triangles, and stay away from equilateral triangles! Curve the lines, or use a loose zig-zag.

Prefer to keep things a little more precise? Create a good-looking street planting with a row marching along your property line.

Be sure to give room for these trees to reach their full size. We recommend you plant Fan Tex at least 20 feet away from structures, sidewalks and driveways. If you are interested in learning more about large tree root systems like this one, click here for our blog!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Fan Tex Ash needs full sun for the best results. It requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Water your tree carefully to establish it during the first season. Protect your investment by giving water on a regular basis to keep your tree stress free.

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.

Fertilize with an organic, slow-release formula. Follow the directions and application rate on the package.

There won't be much need to prune Fan Tex Ash, as it grows into an attractive shape by itself. If needed, prune to correct form or remove branches in late winter.

It's okay to fall in love with this tree. Don't be surprised if you come back to Nature Hills to order more of them. You'll find plenty of uses for the tough, beautiful Fan Tex Ash.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Fan Tex Ash Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Fraxinus velutina 'Fan Tex'
Mature Height 30 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes