Ash, White

Fraxinus americana
An up to 80’ native tree with a trunk diameter to 3’. The scaly gray bark is ridged in a diamond pattern. The opposite, pinnately compound leaves usually have 7 leaflets with or without teeth, dark green above and pale below. The male and female flowers have no corolla, are on separate trees and appear before the leaves come out. The small reddish-green male flowers are in ½-¾” balls at the ends of twigs and are made up mostly of relatively large anthers. The female flowers are in branched upright clusters, each individual short-stalked flower with a green, pointy-lobed calyx and a forked pistil. The fruits are keys in drooping racemes. Each key has a single seed and a narrow 1-2” brownish wing below it. The wing does not extend onto the seed. Flowers April-June; fruits October, November.

The close grained wood is used for furniture, tool handles, and baseball bats.