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FRAXINUS ORNUS (_syn F. argentea, F. rotundifolia_, and _Ornus

europea_).--Manna Ash. South Europe, 1730. This is a handsome tree,

especially when young and vigorous, and by far the most ornamental

species in cultivation. For planting in situations where large-growing

subjects would be out of place this is a valuable tree, while the

wealth of flowers renders it particularly interesting and effective. It

rarely exceeds 30 feet in height, with leaves not unlike those of the

common Ash, and conspicuous panicles of light, feathery, white

petaliferous flowers, produced usually in great abundance all over the

tree. Perfectly hardy.

F. Ornus serotina alba and F. Ornus serotina violacea are beautiful

seedling forms that were raised in France, and on account of their

dwarf habit and profusion of flowers are well worthy of attention. The

flowers of the first-named variety are pure white, the stamens having

at first yellow anthers, which speedily turn to a rich blackish-brown.

The other differs but little, only in the flowers, which are of a

distinct greyish-violet hue, while the leaves are of a darker shade of

green, and the leaflets longer and narrower.

F. MARIESII.--Northern China, 1880. This is hardy in most parts of the

country. The whole tree is quite glabrous except the petioles, which

are clothed with a dense pubescence. Flowers pure white, and arranged

in large dense panicles.

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