Red Ash

Red ash, or Fraxinus pennsylvanica, is a hardy North American tree known for its variable leaf colours, ranging from reddish-purple to green. Young red ash trees have smooth, greenish-grey bark, which matures into a rougher, darker texture as they age.

The Appearance

A medium to large deciduous tree with a rounded crown and compound leaves. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers and winged seeds.


The Produce

The Red Ash produces winged seeds commonly referred to as samaras. These fruits are elongated, flattened structures, each containing a single seed.


The Flowers

Produces small, greenish flowers in spring, followed by clusters of winged seeds.


The Leaves

Each leaflet is lance-shaped with serrated edges and a pointed tip.


The Bark

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


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in forests, along riverbanks, and in parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The seeds are eaten by birds and mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its timber, which is used in furniture and tool handles. Often planted for shade.


Fun Facts

The Red Ash is known for its attractive fall foliage, which turns shades of yellow and purple.

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