The White Ash Tree or Fraxinus americana (also called the American Ash) is a popular species of ash tree native to the central and eastern regions of North America. It is a very popular general use tree that grows tall and has a fullness to it that makes it perfect for just about any application. Originating in mesophytic hardwood forests it can be found as far west as Texas, as far south as Florida, and as far to the central plains as Minnesota. It is a very hardy tree that can withstand a wide range of climates, even being successfully naturalized to Hawaii. The tree has an average height of 50-80 feet and have an average truck diameter of 2-3 feet. The leaves of a white ah almost exactly resemble that of its cousin the green ash with the exception of the lighter glaucousness to them. The twigs have a peeling appearance and may be almost white in color later in the season. This tree is a pioneer species and is often found in riparian zones. For landscape usage, it is perfect for providing a vertical eye to a backdrop of the project. It pairs well with mid to small trees of similar coloring, and particularly likes to cohabitate with sugar maple. In the fall, the leaves turn to a bright orange and red fairly reliable, as such, it is a good choice if you want constant coloring year after year. It is also a good choice for new landscaping projects due to the rapid growth of the tree as compared to other trees which have the same height characteristic. Full height can be seen in as little as seven years in most climates. The wood of a White Ash is dense but light and trimmed branches and skinned bark are often used by craftsman for small projects and even inlay work.
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White Ash- Fraxinus Americana Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Mature Height- 50 to 80 feet Mature Width- 40-50 feet Bloom Season- late March- mid April Sun or Shade- direct sunlight
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