White ash is a tree of the eastern United States known for its hard wood and compound leaves. White ash is a member of the olive family of trees and shares its range with the very similar green ash tree.
White ash grows as high as 80 feet, with a trunk that can be 3 feet in diameter. The leaves are compound, meaning that on one stem there could exist as many as 13 separate leaflets. These oval leaflets are up to 5 inches long and the entire stem of a white ash leaf can exceed a foot in length.
Known as a popular type of shade tree, a white ash has some of the earliest changing leaves in the fall. The green leaves change to red, purple, yellow and orange colors.
This type of ash tree typically grows in woodlands that have experienced extensive harvesting of trees at one time or another, fields and along roadsides and fencerows.
The bark of an older white ash has furrows and ridges. It is identical to the bark of green ash, making it difficult to tell the two trees apart when their leaves are absent in the winter.
Baseball bats made out of white ash wood are just one of the products that come from this tree. People create tool handles and furniture from the wood as well as utilize it as firewood.
- White Ash:Ohio Department of Natural Resources Website
- A Guide to Field Identification--Trees of North America; C. Frank Brockman; 1986
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