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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Fraxinus americana   FAMILY Oleaceae   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Fraxinus americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 153-01-002a:
Fraxinus americana var. americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Fraxinus americana

 

COMMON NAME:
White Ash, American Ash


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_fram2_001_lvd

        

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_fram2_005_lvd

        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfamericana_flwrand1

April    Anderson County    SC

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfamericana_flwrand4

April    Anderson County    SC

Flowers purplish, 1/4" long, in compound clusters on previous year's growth, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

JK Marlow    jkm110511_434

May    Edgefield County    SC

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfamericana_malefar2

May    Lancaster County    SC

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Many trees have only male flowers and never produce fruits, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

JK Marlow    s040517_ab

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaves with 7, sometimes 9, leaflets, pale beneath, often slightly hairy, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_f_americana_6_13_06_2

June        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_fraxinus_americana

June        

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Gill Newberry    gn07_fracinus_americana

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm120728_052

July    Abbeville County    SC

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

Top margin of leaf scar deeply notched (1/3 to 1/2 of total depth), per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.


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image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_fraxinus_americana_c

July        

Samara 1-2" long; terminal wing scarcely extends down side of fruit body, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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Ron Lance    rwl_famericana

July    Jackson County    NC

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

JK Marlow    jkm111008_832

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Bark gray, furrowed, with elongated ridges, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfamericana_home2

Month Unknown    Anderson County    SC

Twigs, petioles, petiolules, and rachises glabrous, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Fraxinus americana, White Ash, American Ash

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmfamericana_home3

Month Unknown    Anderson County    SC

Samaras winged terminally (vs. Green Ash: wings partway along fruit sides), per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Fraxinus americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Fraxinus americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 153-01-002a:
Fraxinus americana var. americana   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Fraxinus americana

 

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578

Tree
Perennial
Usually dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Mesic slopes, rich cove forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5-7(9) leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Usually unisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
Synsepalous calyx, lobes obsolete or nearly so
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Samara

 

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