Alphitonia excelsa – Red Ash

A large ornamental tree which naturally has a lovely natural rounded habit, this makes a great shade tree for larger spaces. It will grow to around twenty metres in warm moist areas, but will be smaller in cooler and drier areas. It has large glossy leaves, and had foliage to the ground if not pruned away. In cooler areas it will be semi-deciduous in the winter months. It has clusters of small cream flowers in late autumn to early winter, followed by oval blackish fruit. The wood can be used for cabinet work and is good for tool handles.
Propagate from seed.

Scientific Name:Alphitonia excelsa
Common Name:Red Ash
Other Common Names:Leatherwood, Coopers Wood
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:10 ~ 21 metres
Width:10 ~ 15 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.