Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Fraxinus excelsior 'Pendula'
Weeping ash

Tag 463
54 deg 34.958N
5 deg 55.877W

The weeping ash is a cultivar of the common ash, which is native to Ireland. The ash genus Fraxinus belongs to the olive family, Oleaceae. The weeping ash is always grafted as it does not come true from seed. The final shape of the tree depends on how high it is grafted - grafted too low and they grow into something like a folded golf umbrella! Weeping ash is strong-growing and given space will make a fine large tree. It was given the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1984. The weeping ash has the same pinnate leaves and blackish-brown buds as the species

Weeping ash in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Weeping ash leaves leaf

Weeping ash in Belfast Botanic Gardens Weeping ash leaves

Tracery of branches in mature weeping ash

Charactaristic blackish bud of ash

Tracery of branches in mature weeping ash The weeping ash has the same blackish buds of common ash

keys of weeping ash

Bark of weeping ash

Weeping ash "keys" Weeping ash bark

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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