White Ash 57

Scientific Name

Fraxinus americana
Oleaceae

Characteristics

The white ash is a handsome tree native to North America. It can grow to a height of 50 feet to 80 feet and a spread of 40 feet to 50 feet at maturity. It shades many parks, large yards, and other sizable areas and provides exquisite fall color ranging from yellow to deep purple and maroon. Beyond its landscape value, the tree has made its mark as the wood used to make baseball bats. Yields seeds that are elongated samaras 1 inch to 2 inches in length, each with a wing, that resembles canoe paddles which are eaten by wood ducks, finches, and cardinals. Unfortunately, the white ash is now coming under attack by the emerald ash borer, which is spreading across the country.