Velvet Ash (Fraxinus Velutina)

The velvet ash is drought tolerant and does well in wet or alkaline soils, also. It is one possible choice if you need a tree that grows fast. This tree is also known as the Arizona ash and Modesto ash. The gray-brown bark is rough and fissured, and the shoots emerge with a velvety coating. Emerald ash borer has recently become more of an issue for this ash so planting is not advised in some areas.

Native area: Southwestern North America
USDA Growing zones: 7 to 10
Height: 30 to 50 feet
Sun exposure: Full sun