Green Ash Tree (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
Category: Deciduous Trees
Green Ash tree is a variety of an ornamental tree that belongs to the ash family of trees. These trees are native to central and eastern North America, ranging from Nova Scotia west to eastern Colorado and southeastern Alberta, southwest to eastern Texas and south to northern Florida. It has extended and turned out to be naturalized largely in the western United States and in central Europe, ranging from Spain to Russia, too.
The Green Ash tree is an average-sized deciduous tree that can grow to a maximum height of 25 meters. The trunk of this tree can attain a maximum diameter of 60 cm. The bark is soft and gray on juvenile trees, and it becomes broader and fissured as the trees grow. The winter sprouts of the tree are reddish-brown in color, with a velvety touch. The leaves of the Green Ash tree have a length, ranging from 15 cm to 30 cm, innately compound with a maximum of eleven leaflets, and their length ranges from 5 cm to 15 cm with the maximum breadth of 9 cm, with notched margins and small, but different, silky petiolules with a few-millimeter length.
These above and below parts of leaflets are green in color. Usually the autumn color of the leaves is golden-yellow, but, according to the climate, the leaves of the Green Ash tree may start changing their color. The tree produces its flower during the spring season when new leaves start emerging in compact panicles. They are not noticeable without petals, and are breeze-pollinated. The fruit of the Green Ash tree is a samara with a length, ranging from 2.5 cm to 7.5 cm, containing a single seed with the length ranges from 1.5 cm to 3 cm with a lengthened apical wing with the maximum length and breadth being 4 cm and 7 mm respectively.
The Green Ash tree is one among the most extensively sowed ornamental trees all over the United States and Canada, but mostly planted in Alberta. The wood of this tree is used to make electric guitars because of its frivolous nature devoid of sacrificing surplus in tone.
The lifespan of the Green Ash tree ranges from 30 years to 50 years.