P1220032 Ash IDentification
PLEASE CLICK TO SEE THE SLIDE SHOW. ASH TREE leaflettes are grouped in 5-7 opposite arrangements. Each has its own little short stem.
PLEASE CLICK TO SEE THE SLIDE SHOW.  ASH TREE leaflettes are grouped in 5-7 opposite arrangements. Each has its own little short stem.
Notice the upward "tv antenae" style opposite arrangement of branches.
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Notice the upward "tv antenae" style opposite arrangement of branches.
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Light grey colored trunks with a "diamond" shape.
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Many Ash trees have a very large root on the uphill site which anchors them on a slope.
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Identifying Ash Trees

How do you know an Ash tree when you see one, even if it’s in winter when there are no leaves?

  • “Opposite” arrangement of branches and stems that go a bit upward and look like old-style tv antennae.
  • “Diamond” shapes in the light-colored bark.
  • Clusters of 5-7 leaflets, also arranged in “opposite” structure.
  • Often very tall and narrow trees in the forest.  In landscapes, they can be either very tall and narrow or shorter and full.
  • They tend to like gentle slopes, not steep grades. When growing on a slope, they  tend to have at least one very large visible root which supports them, often on the uphill side.

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