Green Ash

Scientific Name: Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

  • This most common native ash extends through the Midwest almost to the Rocky Mountains; fast grower, that can reach 100 feet tall
  • Leaves are compound (each leaf has multiple leaflets, usually 7), and opposite – meaning each leaf has a twin directly across from it on the stem

  • Fruit is a dry seed, with a wing 1-2 inches long to aid in wind dispersal from the “mother” tree
  • Planted as an urban shade tree and to reclaim strip mined lands

Fun Fact: Green Ash is often used to make canoe paddles and is one of the first trees to re-forest abandoned bottomland cropland

Big Tree Tour on Terry Trail

  • TREE #2 = 20 inch diameter
  • TREE #34 = 30 inch diameter


Continue the Tree Tour!

This tour was created in partnership with:
Land Trust of North Alabama
Society of American Foresters – Mountain Lakes Chapter
U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
Alabama A&M Forestry & Ecology Center