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.