Fraxinus excelsior Golden Desert® (syn. Aureafolia, Aurea)
(more correctly? Fraxinus angustifolia ssp. oxycarpa 'Golden Desert' see below)
Golden Desert Ash
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 30 ft (9 m) tall and somewhat less of a spread, compact, rounded head. Leaves
opposite, pinnately compound, 25-30 cm long, 7-11 leaflets, foliage is reportedly yellowish in spring,
green-yellow in summer, and yellow-gold in fall.
- Sun or part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5
- There is much confusion as to its botanical name. Jacobson (1969) lists the correct cultivar name as Fraxinus excelsior Jaspida and synonyms as Fraxinus oxycarpa Aurea or Aureafolia, F. o. aurea Golden Desert, and F. o. Golden DesertTM. Sometime offered as Fraxinus angustifolia Golden Desert. It would not be surprising if more than one clone was offered under the Golden Desert name. The Pacific Northwest Plant Locator, Black-Eyed Susans Press, has more information on the name problem in a recent update (http://www.blackeyedsusanspress.com/updates.html). It is agrued that nurseries selling Fraxinus excelsior 'Golden Desert', actually are offering Fraxinus angustifolia ssp. oxycarpa 'Golden Desert', since they state, there is "no known cultivar 'Golden Desert' of F. excelsior". If this is confusing to you.... we are in the same boat.
- From: Journal of Arboriculture 10(1):24-32(1984) Checklists of cultivars of European ash
(Fraxinus) species. A. J. McArdle and F. S. Santamour, Jr.
GOLDEN DESERT (E.H. Scanlon & Assoc, Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Wholesale List No. 15, Fall 1963-Spring 1964,
p.45, Trademarked) — as Fraxinus oxycarpa aurea -Golden Desert Ash; golden bark and green foliage turning to
gold about July. The Latin epithet was later changed to Fraxinus oxycarpa aureafolia,
also with the note "Patent Pending," in Trees Mag. 24(5): 5, 1964. Apparently never actually
patented. Since the "variety" names aurea and aureafolia are in Latin form and published after
January 1, 1959, we have taken 'Golden Desert' as the valid cultivar name.
- excelsior: taller.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: small tree north side of parking lot west of Kerr Administration,