Fraxinus brandisii Lingelsh.
Fraxinus hookeri is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Fraxinus hookeri has a wide distribution in Tibet, India and Pakistan. It is considered to be threatened by overexploitation, particularly in Pakistan. With very limited information available on the status of this species it is classified as 'Data Deficient' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
E. Asia - western Himalayas.
Isolated in forests, 1700 - 2600 metres[
]. Mostly in valleys where rich soil is available, at elevations of 1200 - 2700 metres[
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Prefers a deep loamy soil, even if it is on the heavy side[
]. Most members of this genus are gross feeders and require a rich soil[
]. Plants succeed when growing in exposed positions[
] and also in alkaline soils[
]. They tolerate atmospheric pollution[
A dioecious species - both male and female forms must be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The plant is used medicinally[
Fraxinus species in general are gross feeders with an extensive, fibrous root system, which makes transplanting easy, but means that other species will often not grow well if planted nearby, especially if they are shallow rooted[
The plant is used in technology[
]. There are no further details, this report is possibly referring to the use of the wood.
The wood is highly valued in making tools[
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[
]. It usually germinates in the spring[
]. Stored seed requires a period of cold stratification and is best sown as soon as possible in a cold frame[
]. 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.