About This Plant

Fraxinus excelsior, commonly known as European ash or simply ash, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is one of the most well-known and widespread species of ash trees. These trees can grow to be quite tall, with a straight trunk and a dense crown of leaves. European ash has been traditionally valued for its strong and flexible wood, which has been used in a variety of applications, including furniture making, tool handles, and sports equipment.

The Story


The leaves are compound and opposite, typically consisting of 7 to 13 leaflets. Each leaflet is lance-shaped and serrated at the edges. The leaves have a bright green colour in the spring and summer, turning yellow in the autumn before dropping.


The flowers are small and inconspicuous, arranged in clusters called panicles. They are typically greenish and appear in early spring before the leaves fully emerge. The tree produces winged seeds known as samaras, which are arranged in clusters and resemble paddle-shaped structures. The samaras are initially green and turn brown as they mature.