Species Detail - White Ash

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Scientific Name:
Fraxinus americana L

Leaves:
Opposite; pinnately compound; 8-12in. long with 5-9 leaflets 5 in. long. Finely saw-toothed or almost without teeth . Purple to reddish-yellow in fall

Flowers:
Small (1/4 in. long), purplish, inconspicuous, in small clusters. Male and female flowers on separate trees

Buds:
Gray or brown, rounded, rough

Bark:
Dark gray. Smooth when young, then thick with deep furrows forming very distinctive diamond-shaped patterns

Height:
Height of 80 ft

Diameter:
Diameter of 2 ft

Range:
Southern Ontario to Cape Breton Island, south to northern Florida, west to eastern Texas, west to Minnesota. Native in Vermont.

Other Info:
The wood of white ash is particularly suited for making baseball bats, tennis rackets, hockey sticks, polo mallets and oars.