The Lifespan of Ash Trees

Updated February 21, 2017

The ash tree of the Fraxinus family is common in various parts of the world including Europe and North America with over 60 species of ash trees. Although it shares the same name the mountain ash is not a member of the ash tree family.


The common ash tree which is native to Northern Europe usually live no longer than 250 years with full maturity achieved after around 100 years.


For an ash tree to remain healthy and live to its maximum possible lifespan it must be planted in nutrient rich moist soil in a position with full sun.


One of the most common problems that affects the lifespan of the ash tree is the vast space it requires for its root system. Ash trees often fail when they have to fight with other plants and trees for nutrients in the soil.


A healthy ash tree will achieve a height of between 50 and 80 feet and width of between 50 and 90 feet during its lifetime.


The white ash tree produces the largest leaves of all the family which are green in the spring and summer turning yellow or purple in the fall. During its life a healthy ash tree will flower after only 30 years.

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Paul Cartmell began his career as a writer for documentaries and fictional films in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. Working in documentary journalism, Cartmell wrote about a wide variety of subjects including racism in professional sports. Cartmell attended the University of Lincoln and London Metropolitan University, gaining degrees in journalism and film studies.