The Ash is one of our favorite ornamental trees. It has long compound leaves and inconspicuous flowers; it loves good deep moist soil and a sheltered situation, the bank of a creek being its favorite haunt. The weeping varieties of Fraxinus excelsior make very handsome specimens for the lawn.
In the Fall, propagate by seeds sown as soon as ripe one-quarter of an inch deep in a sandy soil. When the young plants, in the early Spring, are from six to twelve inches high, plant them in nursery rows about six inches apart in the rows and with two feet between the rows. Replant them in their permanent quarters when they are from four to six feet in height.
The weeping varieties are propagated by grafting on the common Ash in early Spring. To get good specimens they should be grafted on strong young saplings at a height of from twelve to twenty feet, thus having plenty of height so that the pendulous limbs may easily be spread out the required arbor width.