Modesto Ash

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Compact, Seedless Male Modesto Ash Tree

  • 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 wont 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 its cousins, Fan Tex and Arizona Ash. Rather than rounded, the canopy stays narrow. And because its 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.

Theyll 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. It is a clean shade tree that is easy to grow and love. Order yours today!

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. Youll 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. Dont select Modesto Ash for use in front of windows. Fan Tex Ash is better able to handle reflective heat.

#ProPlantTips 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.

Youll love how fast the compact Modesto Ash grows to provide an attractive feature in your landscape. Order yours today!

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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Shipping Rates

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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Modesto Ash Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Fraxinus velutina 'Modesto'
Mature Height 35 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes