The White Ash (Fraxinus americana), which originates from North America, can be found on campus near Caroline Hall as one of the Champion Trees on campus. It can grow to approximately 50 to 80 feet in height and 40 to 50 feet in width. The conditions that it best grows in include a full amount of sun and a variety of soils such as sandy, loamy, and wet soils, among other characteristics. This tree is used in open areas such as parks for its beauty and shade.
Three elements that make up the tree include the flowers, fruit, and leaves. The flowers range between green and purple in color and blooming usually occurs in the month of April. The fruit that grows on the tree is a small samara. There are two sets of leaves on the tree; one set of leaves is 8 to 15 inches long and the other leaves are approximately 5 to 9 leaflets that are a dark shade of green.
The White Ash has the potential to run into a few pest and disease problems. This includes lilac borer, leaf spots, cankers, and winged seeds, which is seeds in a thin paper like material that cause it to spin from the force of wind. A fun fact about the White Ash is that it attracts a variety of birds such as turkeys, finches, and cardinals, among others. This attraction is due to the seeds of the White Ash. Another fun fact is that it is used to make different pieces of equipment such as sports equipment, tools, and furniture.
Written by Cameron Smith
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White AshFraxinus americana. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2018, from https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=1082