White Ash (American Ash)
Genus and species: Fraxinus americana
Leaves: The leaves are pinnately compound and opposite, with seven paired leaflets that are each 2.5-5" long. The leaves are 3-6" (7.5-15cm) long and wide. (View Measured Leaf) The leaflets are finely saw-toothed and are elliptical in shape. They are dark green on top, paler (almost whitish) and hairy beneath.(View Leaves)
Bark: The bark is dark gray in color and is usually deeply furrowed, forming diamond shaped plates.(View Bark) The twigs are brown, short and hairless.
Fruit: The fruit is a key, brown in color and about 1-2" (2.5-5cm) long. It is only made up of one narrow wing, unlike maple keys that have two wings. They tend to hang in clusters.
Tree: The tree can grow to be 80' (24m) tall, has a straight trunk and a rounded crown, as pictured to the left.
Range and Habitat: These trees are commonly found from Ontario east to Maine, south to Florida, west to Texas and north to Minnesota. They are usually found in moist soils that are well-drained.
White Ash Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/30/02)