Olive or Ash Family

White Ash

Fraxinus americana

This tree grows to a height of seventy to eighty feet. The trunk bark is dark and has shallow ridges and furrows.

The leaves have five to nine toothed leaflets. They usually are white or pale underneath. In autumn the leaves turn yellow purplish in color.

Fruits have a long, narrow wing. They form in spring and drop in late fall.

The wood is tough and used in making furniture, tool handles, musical instruments, and sports equipment.


Resources compiled by Dr. Loretta Kuse