Common Name: White Ash
Scientific Name: Fraxinus americana
Leaf: Compound, opposite; Composed of 5-9 oval stalked leaflets, tapering at each end and 6-14 cm long; Turn yellow or deep burgundy in autumn.
Flower: Male: purple, emerges before leaves come out; Female: yellowish green, emergies as leaves unfold; male and female on separate trees.
Fruit: Paddle-shaped winged samara; 3-5cm long; green in summer, turn brown at maturity; Begin bearing seed at age 20.
Twig: Stout, purplish, glossy or with gray film; smooth with lenticels.
Bark: On younger trees, light gray, smooth; On older trees, furrowed into thin ridges forming diamond pattern.
Wood: Heavy, hard, strong, stiff, straight-grained; impact resistant; odorless.
Facts About This Tree:
1. White ash grows up to 30m high and lives 200 years.
2. White ash is readily used to make high-quality baseball bats, hockey sticks, and tennis and badminton rackets.
3. The strength and flexibility of ash wood made it ideal for bows, arrow shafts, snow shoes, sleds, canoe ribs, and paddles.
Lat, Long: 43.74168,-79.82372
Diameter (DBH): 18.9 cm
Last Year Modified: 2015
Carbon Stored in this Tree: 79.54 kg of C
Equivalent CO2: 291.63 kg of C
1. Blouin, Glen. 2001. An Eclectic Guide to Trees East of the Rockies. Erin, ON. Boston Mills Press
2. Petrides George A. 1998. A Field Guide to Eastern Trees: Eastern United States and Canada, Second Edition. NY. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3. Ministry of Natural Resources. 2013. The Tree Atlas. Retrieved from http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/ClimateChange/2ColumnSubPage/STDPROD_101493.html
4. Photo Credit: Kathryn Chin; Sean Fox; Keith Kanoti; Richard Webb
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