black ash Oleaceae Fraxinus nigra
Leaf:Opposite, pinnately compound, 7 to 11 sessile, serrated leaflets, whole leaf 10 to 14 inches long, dark green above, lighter below with tufts of brown hair.
Flower:Species is monoecious or with separate male and female trees; female flowers in loose panicles; males in tighter dense clusters, both appear before the leaves in early spring.
Fruit:Samara with a wide wing and an indistinct seed cavity, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, borne in hanging clusters.
Twig:Stout, light brown to gray, opposite buds are nearly black, first lateral buds appear some distances below terminal, nearly circular leaf scar.
Bark:At first smooth, but becomes scaly to corky, gray-brown.
Form:Small to medium sized tree reaching up to 40 to 50 feet tall, usually with a slender crown.