Known as Yggdrasil in Norse mythology, Ash is a fast-growing tree with a generation length of 33 years. In recent years however, Ash trees across Europe have been subject to a chronic fungal disease characterised by leaf loss and crown dieback in infected trees, threatening the Ash tree population
Near threatened. Different areas of Europe show different trends of the effect of Ash dieback, with certain countries reporting Ash to still be of least concern. But overall, ash dieback is a serious threat to the species and numbers of Ash trees are declining rapidly.
Creamy white to light brown, with the heartwood sometimes olive brown.
Open grain, with a figure that can be striking and show similarities to olive.
HABITAT AND ECOLOGY
Forests, rock scars, and cliffs. Ash has a low tolerance to cold winters and hot dry summers. Ash leaves’ are palatable and nutritious to animals. 111 species of insects and mites use Ash as a source of food.
Sturdy, tough, very hard-wearing. Highly flexible with great shock resistance.
Europe, Southwest Asia, North America
Bows, hammers, tennis rackets, early aircraft, furniture – especially bent wood frames.