Ontario Trees & Shrubs website

Pumpkin Ash
Fraxinus profunda

French names: Frêne pubescent

Family: Olive Family (Oleaceae)

Group: Ashes

Distinctive features: Tree; On larger trees, the base of the trunk swells outward, resembling a pumpkin.

Similar species:
  •   White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

  •   Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)

  •   Red Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Flowers: Spring

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Compound, Entire;  Compound, opposite.

Height: Up to 30 m (98 ft)

Habitat: Wet Areas;  Usually in wet areas.

Books: Trees in Canada: 170   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Rare.

Notes: Very rare in Ontario. Native to eastern USA.

Photographs: 32 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

Pumpkin Ash is very rare in Ontario, only being found in the extreme southwest and along Lake Erie.

This sign is in front of a specimen at the University of Guelph Arboretum, in Guelph, Ontario. All the photos on this page are of this one tree.

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

The compound leaf. Note they are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems.

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

Upper side of leaf.

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

Underside of leaves.

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

The whole tree.

Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)


Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

Winter bud.

Range map for Pumpkin Ash (Fraxinus profunda)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)