As its name would seem to indicate, the Autumn Purple Ash tree (Fraxinus Americana) is quite well known for its spectacular foliage display in autumn, going from a bright glossy green in the summer to a deep purple in autumn. It is quite a sight to watch the Autumn Purple Ash create a gorgeous color kaleidoscope of reds, gold and purple lasting long into the fall. If you’re interested in growing your own Autumn Purple Ash tree, then here is some pertinent information that will help you succeed in doing so.
The Autumn Purple Ash can grow to a height of 50 to 70 feet tall, and to a width of 30 to 50 feet wide. Other than requiring a good amount of space for growth, the Autumn Purple Ash is extremely versatile and does well in a wide variety of conditions. It is capable of thriving in both and hot cold climates and can do well in most any soil type. More important than soil type is consistent watering. This tree loves moisture. The ideal conditions are moist, well-aerated soil in an area that receives partial sun to full shade. Though it does require a fair bit of water, especially when young, once it is established in the ground and healthy, the Autumn Purple Ash can be quite drought resistant. This Ash make a great shade tree when mature.
The Autumn Purple Ash is susceptible to a handful of pests and diseases. Common pests are Ash Borer, Liliac Borer, and Carpenterworm, all of which can infest and destroy a healthy tree. The more likely scenario, however, is an infestation on an already weakened tree or a younger tree that is not yet established. The most serious disease it is susceptible to is Ash Decline.