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White ash Fraxinus americana


A deciduous tree (Fraxinus americana) native to the eastern and central parts of the U.S. and Canada. White ash produces a whitish, lightweight wood that is stiff, strong, and resilient. It is primarily used for sports equipment (baseball bats, hockey sticks, paddles and oars, and tennis racket frames), and tools (handles of shovels, hammers, spades, hoes, and rakes as well as ladder rungs).

Synonyms and Related Terms

Fraxinus americana; American ash; Canadian ash; Weiß-Esche (Deut.)

White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

Other Properties

Tall tree growing to 35 m with narrow oval crown. Bark=ashy gray to brown with interlacing diamond shaed ridges. Leaves=compound with 7 serrated, ovate leaflets; total length=20-30 cm. Fruit=winges samara with long, slender seed.

Density 45-58 ppcf

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 74
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997