12 responses to “Fraxinus americana”

  1. Old Ari

    Ash wood of course can be shaped easily after soaking in boiling water.

  2. tom | tall clover farm

    These are stunning, healthy street trees, at least in Seattle. In my old neighborhood,there were some white ash(as seen above) and a form that turned beautifully purple,too. Not sure which one that was, but I’m pretty sure it was Fraxinus americana.

  3. Charles Eckman

    Too bad the Emerald Ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is moving across North America. Will probably be very devastating to many areas.

  4. wendy

    Don’t they use ash for baseball bats?

  5. dori

    Fraxinus angustifolia subsp. oxycarpa – Claret Ash or Raywood Ash
    I believe this is the Seattle street tree Tom is talking about. It’s on 35th Ave NE from NE95th to NE110th Streets.

  6. elizabeth a airhart

    fine handsome tree we have them in florida
    write up is fine even eating utensils were
    made of wood thank you lindsay and daniel
    re next month bio the flora from iceland
    would be interesting or florida its cold

  7. brian

    Wood of the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior)is the wood used to make ‘hurleys’ the type of bat used in the Irish national sport hurling. The wood is chosen because of its shock absorbing properties.
    For use of ash see:
    and to see hurleys in action in the fastest game on grass:

  8. Meg Bernstein

    Snowshoes allowed the First Nations people to follow the caribou who don’t have set migration routes. The snowshoe meant that the people could travel wherever the caribou went. This invention helped the spread of people all over North America.

  9. Eric in SF

    For Americans – we call First Nations people Native Americans in the USA. Canada has settled on the term First Nations but both terms refer to the same groups of indigenous peoples present in North America before the arrival of Europeans.

  10. David Brownstein, Vancouver

    Wendy, I do know that there is a company in Ottawa that makes baseball bats out of maple, rather than ash. Ash bats are prone to breaking, and they dent when making contact with the ball meaning they absorb energy rather than transferring it. Look up the SAM BAT. There is a great writeup on wood research and baseball bats located at: https://canada.sambat.com/pages/about-sam-bat
    Hope this does not anticipate an already extant Photo of the Day entry planned for later in this series.

  11. Old Ari

    But the Folsom people from europe were here first.

  12. wendy

    Thank-you for the very interesting link David. Speaking as a woodturner I think maple makes good sesnse. I also like the idea of a Canadian firm supplying the American national sport.

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