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Fraxinus hookeri is a Deciduous Tree up to 20.00 metres tall.
It has miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - Himalayas.
Isolated in forests, 1700 - 2600 metres[
]. Mostly in valleys where rich soil is available, at elevations of 1200 - 2700 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
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 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.