8 Green Ash
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Basic Information about this tree
  • Scientific Name: Fraxinus pennsylvanica,
  • Common Name: Green Ash
  • Deciduous
  • Branch Structure: Regular, fairly upright, the lower branches tend to grow downward to get more light.
  • Sunlight / Moisture / Soil preference:  moderately shade-tolerant; fast-growing, may withstand poor conditions of both soil and climate. 
  • Flowering type: dioecious,  tree either has all male flowers (staminate) or all female flowers (pistillate).
  • Pollination strategy: Wind
  • Native 
  • Age Estimate/ Health: Healthy, 50 yearsThe three biggest ash trees were treated in Fall 2023 to reduce the likelihood of attack by the Emerald Ash Borer. We are very grateful to Premium Tree Protection, LLC for the donation of this treatment.
  • Longevity: Up to 200 years
  • Mature Size:70 ft tall by 50-100 ft wide under good conditions
  • GPS Coordinates N45.00202 W92.90406 

Mature Tree in Winter/ Summer

8 green ash tree winter
2 green ash summer

Leaves in Summer / Fall

2 green ash leaves summer
2 green ash leaves fall

Flowers - Female & Male -separate Trees

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8 green ash tree male flowers

Samara Unripe / Ripe

A samara is a winged achene, a type of fruit in which a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue develops from the ovary wall. A samara is a simple dry fruit, and is indehiscent (not opening along a seam).

2 green ash samara unripe
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Bark of Mature Tree / root system sketch

8 green ash bark
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Uses in Traditional and Modern Eras

Value for wildlife: Bees collect the pollen to feed their larvae, favorite food of Emerald Ash Borer

Utility for Humans: Long-lasting sturdy tree, good shade provider. This tree is useful in many specialty wood products, like tool handles, because it bends well. The wood of green ash trees is hard and has a high shock resistance, so it is used to make utility items like baseball or softball bats, electric guitars, and tool handles.

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