Older ash trees will also usually have a diamond patterned bark. Your article is also relevant in north america, (US & Canada) Again Well done Fr Dave b. Male and female flowers typically grow on different trees, although a single tree can also have male and female flowers on different branches. We think that it may be better to rake them up in winter and burn them before the spores are released as temperatures rise. I will try and send a photo of the Ash at Wimpole hall. We have an ash tree growing just outside our garden wall. Great article Paul. The tree I was trying to identify was indeed an ash tree, a claret ash. Ash trees are medium to large trees of the genus Fraxinus of the family Oleaceae (Olive-tree like). What kind of trees do I have? Great article! Ash trees are a precious, widespread, and much-loved feature of our landscapes, providing beauty and value to our rural and urban settings alike. Those that have the largest single trunks are often hedgerow trees on the corner of a field or serve as markers on parish boundaries. Ash trees play a big role in Celtic mythology, Your email address will not be published. Is this an ash tree? These leaves occur in opposite pairs. I learned a lot directly and by osmosis from my dad and that has held me in good stead ever since. After a while though you will start to build up a framework of familiar species into which you can slot new additions to your repertoire of knowledge. Get hold of a leaf, examine it closely and use this option to ID the tree. If for logs ’tis laid away. Very well done Paul! Lalitha, I’ve just put down Robert Macfarlanes The Old Ways and felt quite ashamed about my lack of knowledge about the trees, shrubs and wild flowers I see all around me. Ash trees have compound leaves, which are leaves that are made up of multiple leaflets instead of a single leaf. I am so lucky as this is a beautiful wood to work with, it has a subtle pink appearance and a sweet smell. Well written piece. The oldest of trees develop more pronounced fissures, and a darker grey colour, resembling the bark of mature English Oak. So many seed pods that no animals or birds eat. thank you informative , now i’ll look out more. You might be interested to hear of an amazing phenomenon I witnessed with our massive tree. They’re worth their weight in gold. Thanks again Paul, great article! Ash is one of my favourite trees because it has so many uses.. Elm logs like smouldering flax, Language; Watch; Edit; Ashes (Fraxinus species) are used as food plants by the larvae (caterpillars) of a number of Lepidoptera species, including the following. List of Lepidoptera that feed on ash trees. The flowers of ash are non-descript both to the eye and to the nose. There are a number of types of compound leaves, and knowing about them can help make tree identification easier. I thought it might be a sorbus of some sort but have never seen any fruits. It’s approx 20 years old and you can see the roots coming through to the surface. The Common Ash is found throughout Britain, growing naturally in woods, or planted in towns, parks and churchyards. If they’re old and dry. It is a wild and beautiful setting which we love to visit . These brown clusters can stay on the trees long after the leaves have fallen and, if present, are an easily recognised identifying feature in the winter months. Burn them green or old; My husband keeps calling it a Hackberry so now I can prove to him it is truly an ash tree.Thanks for the info! I am ‘mobility challenged’, but I try to get away to wild camp when I can and I am looking forward to taking this information with me and learning more about our surroundings. Summer In summer trees are in full leaf. I’m glad you found this so useful and it served to solve a 10-year old puzzle! Cannot wait to see it in the spring/summer next year. Pinnate leaves (compound) Trees that have pinnate leaves … Green ash will burn better than many green woods due to its relatively low water content. It is thought that tens of thousands of ash trees will die, potentially changing the UK landscape forever. Today an angry neighbour, who looks as though he has just had an argument with his wife, is hacking it down, purely “so it’s more manageable”. Adelidae. I have a good feeling that it’s safe. Ash keys start off green but have turned brown by around the beginning of autumn. It also allows you to converse on a level with other knowledgeable people, particularly when you don’t speak the same language. Thanks again, your work is greatly appreciated by us novices especially…. Thanks for your comment. But some key identification features remain easily spotted year-round. Just to let you know, if you don’t alraedy, the FSC are releasing their ID apps for Android next year. I’m near Manchester UK and rescued a small Ash tree from my neighbours garden about 4 years ago. That was a sad day. Ash fruits, known as a keys, hang in bunches on some trees throughout the winter. I was worried and thought I’d uproot them but now I’m going to leave them as a woodland after all Ysdraggil was the sacred tree of the Celts. Ash trees suitable for my area of Central Wa. And lovely photos, well done. What a fantastic article! Keep on enjoying your journey of discover Liam. I live in the UK. They were not allowed to ask?! Each leaflet is irregularly serrated, rounded at the base and pointed at the end. You can read more via the following link – https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/tree-diseases-and-pests/key-threats/ash-dieback/. Thank you for your article. The ash leaf is a compound, pinnate leaf. Thanks for this article Paul, that first picture reminds me of summer days when I was a child, laying on my back and gazing up through the sun dappled leaves to the blue sky beyond. I have developed a fondness of The Ash since my family chose an Ash tree as a commemorative tree to plant in memory of my brother who died in a car accident aged 18. Trees do get to a point where they are past their peak. Lead author, Dr. John Sidda, from the School of Life Sciences at Warwick, said: "Ash dieback is an enormous problem for the UK, as ash makes up … Leuk hè? It’s great that you are getting your kids involved too. Plant and Tree identification is certainly my weak point. It’s also often related that ash is excellent firewood. Elm wood burns like churchyard mould, Learn how your comment data is processed. The fungus in the UK would reach its reproductive (sexual) stage around spring 2013. Can I keep having it cut back to maintain it and keep it small (ish) or will this kill it eventually? © 2020 Woodland Investment Management Ltd | I took about 8 foot off them all in winter to keep the neighbours happy and the wife so that more sunlight is enjoyed in the garden. One salient characteristic of the White Ashe’s is their “slingshot” appearance . Which ways of recognising ash are easy to pass on to other people? Is fit for a queen with golden crown. My tree is currently 18ft tall and siz to seven years old. Love your blog. as it absorbs shock and vibration, but more than that for a Turner, it’s pale colour and beautiful open grain provides a perfect canvas for an infinite number of colouring and finishing techniques.