Manna Ash

Fraxinus ornus, commonly known as Maa Ash, is a deciduous tree celebrated for its ornamental qualities. The tree typically attains a height of 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters), showcasing a rounded to oval crown.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown and pinnate leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It can grow up to 60 feet tall.


The Produce

These seeds are enclosed in samaras, which are flattened, winged structures that facilitate wind dispersal.


The Flowers

Produces small, fragrant, white flowers in large clusters in spring.


The Leaves

Each leaflet is lance-shaped with serrated edges, imparting an elegant and textured appearance to the tree’s foliage.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in woodlands and along riverbanks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The flowers are an important nectar source for bees.


The Culture

Historically valued for the sweet sap, known as manna, which was used as a laxative and sweetener. Also used in ornamental landscaping.


Fun Facts

The Manna Ash is named for the sweet substance, manna, that can be harvested from its sap. This has been used both as a food and a medicine.

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