Ash leaves

Ash | Fraxinus excelsior

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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 in much of Europe. Various ash species are also found in other parts of the world.

There are several types of ash in Europe, but the Fraxinus excelsior is the only species that occurs in the Netherlands. The ash belongs to the olive family, similar to Privet and Lilac, 
The tree likes to grow in moist and nutrient-rich soils. Other than that, the tree makes few demands. Ash trees grow their leaves late in the year and drop their leaves early. The young leaves often have a rusty brown color.

The tree planted here is the common kind. A leaf…

The ash occurs naturally in much of Europe. Various ash species are also found in other parts of the world.

There are several types of ash in Europe, but the Fraxinus excelsior is the only species that occurs in the Netherlands. The ash belongs to the olive family, similar to Privet and Lilac, 
The tree likes to grow in moist and nutrient-rich soils. Other than that, the tree makes few demands. Ash trees grow their leaves late in the year and drop their leaves early. The young leaves often have a rusty brown color.

The tree planted here is the common kind. A leaf group consists of several leaves (9-13). The tree produces many seeds. The strange thing about this tree species is that when they are young the tree is either female or male (dioecious). Later they become both female and male (monoecious).

In the young years the tree is almost columnar. Later the tree develops a broad upright crown. They can grow very tall, especially if they are in a forest. 30 meters and more is no exception. The width is about 15 meters. The dark brown, almost black buds are striking.

Although the wood is tough and strong, it is not very durable. The wood is used for shovel handles and gymnastics equipment.

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