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Black Ash

Fraxinus nigra • Swamp Ash, Basket Ash, Water Ash


The black is a small tree with a narrow crown, it usually grows up to 20 meters tall. It is native to North America and grows everywhere in Ontario except the Far North. These trees love moisture, and are commonly found in northern swampy woodlands, from eastern Manitoba, throughout Ontario, and as far east as Newfoundland. The Emerald Ash Borer is currently threatening the species across its entire range. Important food source for many wildlife.



Compound pinnately divided into 7-11 leaflets. Dark green and hairless above, but have reddish-brown fuzz at the base.


Pale green to yellowish, twisted-winged nutlets (samaras). Fruits hang in clusters.


Young bark light grey, corky-ridged and easily rubbed off. Mature bark scaly.


Purplish and tiny. Up to 3 flower types on a single tree. No petals. Flowers in compact clusters. Flowers in spring.

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