Ash Tree: How Do I Know If I Have One?

 

Date: August 17th, 2010

 

The following descriptions can help you identify the ash trees in your landscape.

 

CountryMax.com Ash Tree

Mature Size

- Commonly 70-80 feet high; 2 feet in diameter.

 

Form

- Straight, clear trunk and oblong crown.

 

Habitat

- Grows best on rich, moist, well-drained soils.

 

 

CountryMax.com Ash Tree Leaves

-- Leaves

-- - Compound leaves with 5-11 leaflets

-- - Light green to purplish; lacking petals

-- - Females and males are usually on separate trees

-- - Females in long, loose clusters and males in tighter clusters;
-      -both appearing after the new leaves in spring.

     

     

    Fruit

    - Ashy gray to brown color, with interlacing corky ridges forming diamonds

    - May be scaly on older trees.

    CountryMax.com Ash Tree Trunk

     

     

    Twigs

    - Thick, gray to olive-green, hairless, leaf scars

    - Round at bottom, notched at top; buds in the notch

    - End bud has large, brown, leathery scales

    - End bud is flanked by two side buds.

     

     

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    Additional Resource: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/



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