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Autumn Purple Ash

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Your Autumn Purple Ash gives you green, yellow, orange, red, and then purple foliage in the fall months. If you want a reliable autumn show from a low-maintenance shade tree, this is the ash tree for you.

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Autumn Purple Ash

Brilliant Fall Colors to Delight and Astound

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• Spectacular autumn foliage
• Highly adaptable to various types of soil
• Relatively drought resistant

The Autumn Purple Ash turns from a glossy green into red and finally to a brilliant purple in the fall.

The Purple Ash holds its fall color longer than almost any other tree – enjoy the show the entire season!

Large leaves block sunlight, cutting your cooling bills. A regal looking ornamental tree that makes a great focal point for your lawn.

Perfect for lining streets, especially in areas that receive a lot of snow. Salt debris will not harm this beauty.

Autumn Purple Ash trees thrive best in moist areas, but are tolerant of many climates. These deciduous trees usually grow up to 3-5 ft. a year and into a pyramidal shape when young, then flourish into a pleasing oval shape at maturity.

Thrives in northern climates as well as warmer ones, preferring Growing Zones 3-9.

When you order from Fast Growing Trees, you get a higher quality, more attractive tree. Each Autumn Purple Ash tree goes through an extensive grafting process that guarantees incredible fall color. Few other nurseries do this, because it takes an extra year and more labor.

Order while supplies last. Our Purple Ash is a customer favorite and sells out every year!

Growing Zones: 3-9

Mature Height: 50-70 ft.
Mature Width: 30-50 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Fraxinus americana "Autumn Purple"
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-9
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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Autumn Purple Ash can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28%

It's Easy to Plant your Autumn Purple Ash

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Autumn Purple Ash.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Autumn Purple Ash gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Autumn Purple Ash again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Elsie
Your products and your company are the best to buy from as far as I am concerned. Keep up the great work. Thanks for listening and I will not buy from anyone but your company!!!

By: Vickerys
We planted this beautiful tree on our hill and love it! Cant wait til it reaches full maturity and we can enjoy its shade too!

By: Kathy
The first ash tree that I received didnt make it. I called your store and you sent me a replacement tree properly packaged and no broken branches. We planted the tree in our backyard ,Northeast, and this year there were leaves and it had already grown a few inches and had new buds. I am very pleased with my tree and the helpfulness of your staff on replacing the first tree.

By: Steve
Grew nearly 3 ft over 1st year with incredible color. Good quality of new growth as well. Leaves drop early which is a plus for leaf collection in our area. Developed some small mammal damage at base of trunk...will have to keep my eye on it. Nice tree purchase... I would get the autumn purple ash again.

By: Anita
The purple ash is doing just great.. I am very pleased.

By: Scott in Merced, CA
I planted my ash tree along a fenceline that backs up to a flood basin. It hasnt grown as fast as I would have liked, but it is doing well and shows promise for surviving the second winter in Central CA.

By: Nadene
I am amazed at how quickly this tree is growing, even here in Montana. It grew about 2 1/2 feet this past year, it still needs to fill out a bit, but I am very pleased with the overall growth.

Easy to plant, easy maintenance, doing great.

By: Carole Massey
I purchased two Autumn Purple Ash. One is doing beautifully, has grown taller and leafed out. The other has died. It never showed any signs of life after being planted. They both received the same care.

By: Curt
When I purchased this tree it was approx. 5 ft. tall. In about 1.5 years it has grown to about 8 feet tall. Very healthy looking, promising tree that we hope to prune such that the tree will shade the entire side of our house. Wished I had heard of Fast Growing Trees 12 years ago when we first bought our home.

By: kevin wisdom
My Autumn purple ash was awsome just great tree

By: Kat
I bought this Autumn Purple Ash 2 1/2 years ago. While its still alive, it has not grown at all. Not sure what they mean by "fast growing".

By: Tina Keep
My Autumn Purple Ash is looking beautiful.

By: Karianne
We planted two of these last fall, and this spring when it warmed up saw a lot of growth quite quickly. In the last three months they've grown about two feet, they seem do be doing quite well.

By: John
Have purchased and planted this tree twice. Both times never any sign of life. Disappointed. (I have a Tulip Poplar, Eucalyptus and Royal Empress that are all doing well).

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Is the Autumn Purple Ash susceptible to the emerald ash borer bug? I live in northern Illinois and most of our Ash trees have been attacked.
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
my purple ash has big clumps of dark rough ulgy fungus like stuff on all branches.what is it?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
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i live on Long Island in New York. i'd love to have the autumn purple ash on my front lawn for shade. the front of my house faces west and the afternoon sun is brutal. i really need a fast growing shade tree. what size is this tree when it comes to me? how tall, how wide is the trunk? what is the "oversized fee" you list for $7.00?
thanks for your information. i look forward to hearing from you soon.
Jackie D on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: The over sized fee is charged by FedEx for shipping larger or very long items. The 5 to 6 ft size Autumn Purple Ash is at least five feet tall and anywhere between 5 to 6 feet tall. The trunk will most likely be about the size of a quarter in diameter. Each tree is an individual with unique growth rates and patterns, so unfortunately our trees aren't all uniform in size. These trees grow fairly quickly, 3 to 5 feet per year.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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I live in Michigan, I have a purple ash that is partially damaged from the emerald ash borer. I have been treating the tree for 7 years now and it's still beautiful AND the only on left in our neighborhood. My questions is if I get another purple ash and treat it from the beginning with Bayer treatment do you think it will be able to survive? It's my favorite tree and I really want another one. Thanks! Jan
janet t on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Yes your Autumn Purple Ash would definitely survive. Start treating the new tree as soon as possible since Ash Borers are extremely tough to get rid of once they infest a tree.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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is it deer resistant?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry we live in an urban area and don't have deer issues. But I can say that the tree is doing well. It took a while to bloom this spring but when it did, it absolutely exploded. It's only been a little over a year and it has grown about a foot and a half. Great tree selection.
Reply · Billy J on Jun 8, 2014
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what color are the leaves in summer?
paul o on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: The leaves during the summer are green. It's the fall when they put on their show from burnt red to purple. It's gorgeous.
Reply · Michelle B on Jul 16, 2014
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Do the roots come to the surface?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
Best Answer: Because my tree is so young, I do not know if the roots will come to the surface. I have many mature trees and the only ones I have noticed roots coming to the surface are my Locust trees. I do expect this will be a very pretty tree.
Reply · Tim R on Jul 7, 2014
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A shopper on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. We live in central CA and we are in a serious drought here. We planted eight purple ash this spring. We are giving them water to get them established, but they are doing beautifully even with the intense heat we have here. I have seen other purple ash in the area and they seem to do well for drought tolerance.
Reply · Ann W on Jun 26, 2014
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I live in Colo. I have ash borer, what do you recommend?
lou w on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: There are insecticides specifically designed for treating Ash Borers. Since they're common in Colorado I would recommend going to your local gardening store and picking up a pesticide specifically formulated for ash borers like Green Light.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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what is an Ash bore on the purple autumn?
lou w on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: An Ash Borer is an invasive Japanese Beetle. The larvae get into the wood and can cause damage. However they're easily prevented and treated by pesticides.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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