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Gaddis Canyon, W of Camp Verde
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Deciduous. Small tree with a short, crooked trunk and rounded crown of stout, curved branches. Trunk diameter to 6 inches. Found in dry canyons, hillsides and rocky slopes. Common in the Grand Canyon National park.
Height: 20 feet     Width: 10 feet


Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2000 - 6000 feet

Similar Species: Fraxinus lowellii, Fraxinus velutina

Flower Characteristics

Color: Greenish or pale green   Shape: Inconspicuous in clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Has no petals; only sepals. Many together in small, hairy clusters on previous year's twigs at the back of leaf.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or Oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: N
Description: Mostly simple but occasionally compound with 2 to 3 leaflets or mixed. Nearly round but short-pointed at tip. Thick. Paler green color below. Hairless. 2 to 3 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide. Inconspicuously wavy-toothed or without teeth; blunt at base.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Brown   Type: Winged   Description: Dry, papery, winged to the seed base, flattened, maple-like key with elliptical, rounded wing. 3/8 inch wide and 3/4 inch long. Clustered together. Maturing in summer. Can remain viable on ground for many years.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Dark brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs are 4 angled and slightly winged but later becoming round. Twigs are orange at first and then turn ashy gray.

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