Lowry London

ASH – Wood Guide


FAMILY
Olive (Oleaceae)

FACTS
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

SUSTAINABILITY
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.

COLOUR
Creamy white to light brown, with the heartwood sometimes olive brown.

GRAIN
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.

WOOD
Sturdy, tough, very hard-wearing. Highly flexible with great shock resistance.

TREE SIZE
80–115ft (25–35m)

DISTRIBUTION
Europe, Southwest Asia, North America

USE
Bows, hammers, tennis rackets, early aircraft, furniture – especially bent wood frames.


We no longer use ash in our furniture due to it's endangered status.