Use leaves and bark for identifiers. The ash is a graceful tree, forming a domed canopy of pale green leaves that look similar to those of the rowan or the elder. Allergies/Toxicity: Ash in the Fraxinus genus has been reported to cause skin irritation, and a decrease in lung function. Also, I dread to say this, but the widely-reported ash dieback is still making inroads to our native ash population. What are the key identifying features to look for? It’s a shame to learn your tree is struggling. I have only just noticed the connection while writing this that Florence’s ashes are under the Ash , so for us it will now be impossible to ever forget the name of this special tree . I’ve cleared several huge ash branches where they were blocking paths often having been flung many meters from the tree. To be honest I can’t seem to see the woods for the trees, but i guess that’s part of learning. What a wonderful article and such interesting responses. Could I ask you to continue this with a series of articles on tree identification? That was a sad day. Hi Jemma, thanks for your comments and I’m delighted this article has been so helpful to your daughter. , Paul ! We have always admired it’s profile as it stood out against the sun setting in the West. It’s great that you are getting your kids involved too. For us here in Kent, the ash is a special tree not only for its wide variety of uses – as hardwood for building homes, as shelter for wildlife. It’s so useful for handles etc. Great article Paul. It’s also often related that ash is excellent firewood. Logs to save the coal a turn, But ash logs, all smooth and grey, We had a sapling spring up in our garden which we moved to a better position just after my mum passed away. It sits next to a clear mountain stream within the ruins of a small row of miners cottages where she lived as a little girl in the 1930’s. Hi, really enjoyed the site but! This simple key is intended to help you distinguish between some common deciduous landscape trees frequently confused with ash, … In areas where there is clean air, lichens also readily grow on the bark of common ash, which may mask the colour of the bark beneath. Thank you for taking the time to read my inquiry! Can you please tell me if there is an Ash tree that is very similar but has brown ash buds instead of sooty black? Came across it when looking for fasting growing and ideally weeping trees to plant in eat facing chalky garden for our children to use as a den and be outside in nature. Can I Prevent it at all ? So relieved to finally identified it. All stored firewood tends to weather to a sort of uniform grey, but weight will vary. Also my studies in Norse mythology gave me a particular interest in the Ash tree before I’d even heard of “bushcraft” as Ygdrassil the world tree that oden hung from to discover the meaning of life, was often depicted as an Ash tree. Heidi. Thanks for your feedback on this article. I have a good feeling that it’s safe. Thank you and keep up the good work! As the tree develops, the bark lightens to a beige-grey but stays relatively smooth compared to the boles of other similarly sized trees. The terrace – newly paved last week as roots from the tree raised the old paving, making it dangerous to use – is now stained by the sticky remains of the ash flowers. Take care, Hayden. Hi Julie, it is nice to go deep into the nuances of wood, the bark, the grain, the colour, the smell, the weight, etc. Today an angry neighbour, who looks as though he has just had an argument with his wife, is hacking it down, purely “so it’s more manageable”. State which has a growing zone 5 climate (hot in summer and in the teens and snow in winter) after the Carlton Complex fire. It must be at least 35ft high and is a haven for birds not to mention the privacy it gives us in the summer. Im hoping to turn the small tee into a bonsai. The keys (the winged seeds) can be pickled. Ash and Elms line all the old neighbourhoods in my southern Albertan city. I’m near Manchester UK and rescued a small Ash tree from my neighbours garden about 4 years ago. Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread. I have a lot of studying to do, but I’m beginning to just enjoy wood for wood’s sake. So am on a mission to learn. Hi, I managed to save an ash tree quite recently that was to be pulled out of the ground for a house extension.

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