WHITE ASH

Image: Maine Tree Club


Scientific name: Fraxinus americana L.

Height: Most white ash are 60-70 feet tall. They can grow as tall as 100 feet.

Soil: White Ash lives best in moist soil on top of low hills.

Bark: The bark is smooth shiny gray and  green.The bark has wide parallel ridges.

Leaves: The leaves are dark green on top and white and hairy underneath.The leaves grow about 8 to 9 inches long.The leaves are compound and pinnate and saw toothed at the end.
In the fall leaves turn into a soft, velvet, purple.

Flower: The ash has male and female flowers.The male has no petals and appear every year.The female has many clusters with a single long pistil.
They flower heavily every 2-3 years.

Fruit: The fruit is dry, flat with winged clusters that shed in the fall.

Wood: White Ash is mostly known for its toughness, flexibility and
light weight.

Interesting Facts: Ash wood is hard. It is flexible and light weight.  Ash is perfect for making baseball bats, furniture, musical instruments, boats and tool handles.  White Ash is the most common of all the 16 types of ash.  The inside layer of the bark is red.  Ash wood can be burned green so people love to burn it.

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