The ash tree comes from the Plantae kingdom, the Magnoliophyta division, Magnoliopisda class, Lamiales order, Oleaceae family, and the Fraxinus genus. They are generally medium to large trees, and are mostly deciduous although a few subtropical species are evergreen.
The seeds of the ash tree, which popularly known as keys or helicopter seeds, are a type of fruit known as samara. The ash tree has a common English name that goes back to the Old English æs, a word that refers to a spear made of ash wood. A wood boring beetle known as the Agrilus planipennis, is responsible for killing millions of these trees, and is a threat to some 7 billion ash trees in North America.
The wood from an ash tree is hard, tough, and very strong but elastic and extensively used for making bows, tool handles, quality wooden baseball bats, and Hurley’s.
Types of Ash Trees
There are many different species of ash tree known all around the world. The white ash, black ash, water ash, green ash, pumpkin ash, and blue ash are all ash trees found in eastern North America. The single-leaf ash, fragrant ash, California ash, and Chihuahua ash are all types of ash trees that are found in western and southern North America.
The narrow leafed ash, European ash, and manna ash are all found in Europe, North Africa, and Southwestern Asia. Some of the ash trees that are found in central and eastern Asia are the Chinese ash, Bunge’s ash, and the Japanese ash tree.