Ash, American

Ash

Ash, American

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Ash

The Tree
Black ashA slender, medium sized tree reaching a height of 18m to 21 m growing in swamps and by rivers.Green ashA small tree, some 12m to 15m in height.White ashThe tree reaches a height of 15m to 18m or a little more, and a diameter of about 0.75m.

The Timber
Black ashThe timber is greyish-brown to brown in colour, darker than that of white ash, (F. americana) and inferior to that timber in general strength properties and lighter in weight, about 560 kg/m3 when dried. A certain amount of this species is used for interior trim and fittings It takes a good finish.Green ashProduces timber similar to American white ash in appearance, but inferior to that timber in hardness, strength and toughness. It weighs about the same as white ash, about 670 kg/m3 when dried and is used for similar purposes as white ash, except for striking tool handles.White ashThe sapwood is almost white in colour and the heartwood varies from light brown to reddish-brown rather similar to European ash. but a little lighter in weight, about 670 kg/m3 when dried.

Drying
Dries with little distortion.

Working Qualities
Good - Although tough, ash works and machines quite well, and finishes to a reasonably smooth finish. It can be glued, stained, and polished.

Latin Name
Fraxinus spp, Fraxinus nigra, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Fraxinus americana

Also known as
American Ash (America), black ash (Fraxinus nigra), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), white ash, Canadian ash (Fraxinus americana), brown ash (Fraxinus nigra), red ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Easy

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Coarse

Origin
North America