The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Caucasian Ash - Fraxinus oxycarpa

Caucasian Ash

Origin: this tree has a more eastern distribution than the similar Narrow-leaved Ash, being found in the E. Mediterranean, parts of S.E. Europe and the Caucasus. It was introduced in 1815 and is uncommon in collections.

The buds are brown and the leaflets mostly 3 to 7 in number being narrowly elliptic to lanceolate in shape, 30 to 60mm long; tapered to an acute point with a very short stalk. There are small, brownish hairs at the base of the mid-rib beneath (no hairs on Narrow-leaved Ash).

Location : with a collection of ashes; compartment 7a; square S17.