Himalayan Ash (Fraxinus floribunda)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Himalayan Ash
Fraxinus floribunda
Oleaceae

Wood. Used for oars, ploughs and poles[51, 272].

  • Medicinal Use

    The manna obtained from incisions in the stem is a safe and gentle laxative[61, 240, 243].

    The young shoots are abortifacient[272].

  • Edible Use

    A manna is obtained by incision of the trunk[61, 177]. It is used as a sweetener but is laxative if used in quantity[61, 23].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

The seed is best harvested green – as soon as it is fully developed but before it has fully dried on the tree – and can then be sown immediately in a cold frame[80]. It usually germinates in the spring[80]. Stored seed requires a period of cold stratification and is best sown as soon as possible in a cold frame[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions or a nursery bed in late spring or early summer of the following year. If you have sufficient seed then it is possible to sow it directly into an outdoor seedbed, preferably in the autumn. Grow the seedlings on in the seedbed for 2 years before transplanting either to their permanent positions or to nursery beds.
Prefers a deep loamy soil, even if it is on the heavy side[1, 200]. Most members of this genus are gross feeders and require a rich soil[11, 200]. Plants succeed when growing in exposed positions[200] and also in alkaline soils[11]. Plants tolerate atmospheric pollution[200]. Closely related to F. ornus[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain but can succeed outdoors in the milder areas[1]. It has a very wide range in the wild and there are probably provenances that will do much better in Britain[11]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
E. Asia – Himalayas from Himachel Pradesh to S.W. China.

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