White Ash Tree

White Ash Tree

The White Ash Tree is a popular shade tree for parks and large areas, as it provides a tremendous amount of shade. It’s not as popular with residential landscapes because of its large spread and clearance needs.

The White Ash grows quickly and develops a round or oval shape. The leaves are grouped in sets of 5-7 smaller leaflets, each 2-3 inches in length. This is a characteristic that makes them easier to spot if you’re sending your campers out on a scavenger hunt. In the Fall, the leaves turn a showy yellow.

The White Ash is probably best known for its lightweight and strong lumber. It’s the wood that the major league trusts for their baseball bats, as well as being used in hockey sticks, tennis racquets, play ground equipment, and church pews.

The Ash tree is susceptible to disease and drought, and has seen a decline in recent years from infestation. But that being said, you can still find it in most hardwood forests, parks and landscapes throughout the United States and southern Canada.

Below is a summary of tree facts for the White Ash:

Scientific Name: Fraxinus americana
Region: North America
Height: 50-80 feet
Spread: 40-60 feet
Leaf Length & Color: 2-4 inches, green
Fall Leaf Color: Purple; Yellow
Unique Characteristics: Nice fall colors;
Lumber used for sports equipment.

The White Ash is another one of the woods great treasures, whether you’re on a hike, camping trip, or just admiring mother nature’s beauty in your neck of the woods.