Ash tree Facts

Ash tree Facts
Ash tree is deciduous tree that belongs to the family Oleaceae. There are 45 to 65 species of ash trees that can be found in the northern parts of Europe, Asia and North America. Ash tree grows in cool and warm climate, on the moist, well drained soil, in areas that provide enough direct sunlight. People cultivate ash trees in ornamental purposes and because of the wood which has application in numerous industries. Unfortunately, ash trees are often targeted by Emerald Ash Borer (type of beetle) which destroys vascular system of the plant and induces quick death of tree.
Interesting Ash tree Facts:
Size of ash tree depends on the species. It can grow from 30 feet (Velvet Ash) to 120 feet (White Ash) in height and 40 to 50 feet in width.
Ash tree has grayish bark that is smooth in young trees. Bark becomes furrowed, composed of diamond-like pieces in old trees.
Ash tree have strong and wide root system. Two ash trees need to be separated at least 60 feet to ensure enough space for development of root system.
Ash tree develops compound leaves. They are 8 to 15 inches long and consist of 5 to 13 oval leaflets with toothed margins. Leaves are green during the spring, and yellow, orange, red and purple during the autumn.
Ash tree produces miniature purple flowers arranged in clusters. Male and female flowers develop on separate plants (dioecious plant). Flowers are pollinated by wind.
Fruit of ash tree is called samara. Samara is one to two inches long, flat and consists of thin membrane that protects miniature seeds.
Both domestic (cows and goats) and wild (rabbits) animals like to eat leaves and branches of ash tree.
Ash tree produces substance that is similar to olive oil. This substance can be used in treatment of stomach disorders. People in certain parts of Britain use bark of ash tree to treat warts on the skin.
During the 19th century, ash trees were used in the production of carriages. They were also used in the manufacture of boats and airplanes in the past.
Wood of ash tree is strong and elastic at the same time which makes it perfect for the production of baseball bats, hockey sticks, tennis rackets and canoe paddles.
Veneers made of ash trees are used in the manufacture of office furniture.
Ash tree is also used in the production of music instruments such as electric guitars and drums.
Ash tree is used as firewood and for smoking of food, especially meat.
According to the old Viking legend, Yggdrasil, also known as the Tree of the World, touches hell with its roots and heaven with its crown. Vikings also believed that mythological god Odin created first man on earth using the ash tree.
Lifespan of ash tree depends on the species. They can survive from 30 to 300 years.

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