Ash leaves

Ash | Fraxinus excelsior

On the Wilhelminalaan you pass right by one of the largest ash trees in Purmerend. This is no less than 17 metres tall and it has lots of 'water shoots', which are a sign of age.

The ash occurs naturally and in different species in much of Europe. However, the fraxinus excelsior is the only species that can also be found in the Netherlands. Together with the privet and the lilac, the ash belongs to the olive family. The tree likes to grow in moist and nutrient-rich soil. Furthermore, he makes few demands. Ashes do not leaf out until late spring and drop their leaves again early in the autumn.