Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

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Key Characteristics

  • Tree, reproduces by root collar sprouting, prefers wet sites
  • Opposite, pinnately compound leaves with sessile leaflets
  • Twigs with the uppermost pair of lateral buds set 0.3-1 cm below the base of the terminal bud (gap between terminal and lateral buds)
  • Bark thin, soft, ashy gray, scaly, corky, not so diamondy
  • Samara wing broad and twisted, extending nearly to the base of the seed cavity
  • Occurs in poorly drained swamps and wet depressions throughout Michigan

Sourced from page 335 in "Michigan Trees"


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