American Ash, Biltmore Ash, Fresno, Northern Ash, Southern Ash,
Norse mythology refers to ash as "the mighty tree that supports
the heavens" and "below earth its roots went down to hell." Ash
belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like
winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because
the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made
from ash during his polar expeditions and early windmills were made
from this species.
Did You Know?
Before man-made materials took over the market, ash was the preferred
wood for making tennis racquets.
Throughout the Eastern U.S. White ash trees range in height from
80 to 120 feet with diameter from 2 to 5 feet.
Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural millwork and moulding,
kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, baseball bats, hockey
sticks, billiard cues, skis, oars and turnings.
4.6 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.
Our present day supply of American Ash is threatened by the
Emerald Ash Borer (click here to learn more)
The sapwood is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood
varies from grayish or light brown, to pale yellow streaked with
brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a coarse uniform
texture. The degree and availability of light-colored sapwood, and
other properties, will vary according to the growing regions.
Readily available but current supplies are threatened by the
spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Ash • Beech • Brazilian Cherry • Brazilian Walnut • Aromatic Cedar • Cherry • Coffeenut • Cypress • Hickory • Hard Maple • Poplar • Red Elm • Red Oak • Sassafras • Soft Maple • Walnut • White Oak • White Pine • Yellow Pine • Heart Pine