Interesting facts about the white ash tree

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Interesting facts about the white ash tree
The white ash tree can be found in UK parks. (Image by Esther Westerveld; Flickr.)

White ash trees, also known as cane ash, are deciduous trees that are native to the United States. They were introduced to the UK in 1724 and are a popular planting choice in municipal parks.


White ash trees grow to heights of 25 metres tall, but some rare, older trees have been recorded at 40 metres tall. Oval leaves on the ash tree range in size from 20 to 30 cm and have seven to 12 leaflets on each leaf. Leaves are shiny dark green on top and pale green with tiny hairs on the bottom.


White ash tree wood is useful for making playground structures, tool handles, tennis rackets and hockey sticks. White ash is chosen for these products because it is a tough wood that doesn't break easily under strain.


White ash trees attract mice, rabbits, squirrels and several bird species. Many bird species consume its seeds. Rabbits feast on the bark of the white ash occasionally.

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