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White Ash

Fraxinus americana

Trail Number:
T18

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Description

Family:
Oleaceae

Foliage:
Leaves are pinnately compound, opposite, 8 to 12 inches long with three to seven leaflets. Leaflet stems are very long. Leaves can turn yellow or purple in autumn

Native Locale:
Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south to Florida and Texas

Mature Height:
50 to 80 feet

Mature Width:
50 to 80 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 9

Soil Preference:
Easy transplanted; prefers  deep, moist, well-drained soils can withstand many types of soil which are not excessively dry and rocky

Growth Habit:
In youth weakly pyramidal to upright oval and in old age developing an open and rather round-topped crown; unique in maintaining a central leader in youth with an even distribution of branches

Rate of Growth:
Medium, 1 to 2' per year over a 10 to 15 year period

Disease and Insect:
Leaf rust, leaf spots, cankers, dieback ash borer, lilac leaf miner, lilac borer, carpenter worm, brown headed ash sawfly, fall ebworm, ash flower gall

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Bark: Bark is gray with diamond shaped ridges
  • The wood is valued for furniture making

Photos

Bark - White AshLeaf - White AshSummer - White AshSummer '08 - White Ash