Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index

White ash

White ash
Scientific classification
Order:Scrophulariales *
Genus: Fraxinus
Species: americana
Binomial nomenclature
Fraxinus americana
Some botanists include the Oleaceae
in the order Lamiales.

The white ash is one of the largest of the ash genus, Fraxinus. Native to eastern North American hardwood forests, it is a tree of mesophytic forests. The wood is strong, fine-grained, and straight-grained, and it is the wood of choice for production of baseball bats. The name white ash apparently derives from the glaucous undersides of the leaves.

The white ash is very similar to the green ash.