blue ash Oleaceae Fraxinus
|Leaf: Opposite, pinnately compound, 7 to 11 ovate or lanceolate leaflets with a serrated margin, overall length 7 to 11 inches, shiny green above, dull and paler below.
Flower: Perfect, in panicles that appear before the leaves, pale green.
Fruit: Wide-winged samara, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, flattened seed.
Twig: Stout, distinctly 4-angled or winged (especially on new or rapid growth), light gray-brown when mature; buds gray to reddish brown; leaf scars notched.
Bark: Ashy gray to brown, rough scaly when young, later developing irregular fissures and scaly ridges.
Form: A medium sized tree reaching up to 70 feet tall with a short bole and an irregular crown.
Looks like: green ash
- white ash
- black ash
| Additional Range Information:
Fraxinus quadrangulata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting blue ash.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson