At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Oleaceae
Latin Name: Fraxinus americana
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow to maroon
Bloom: Purplish
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Pyramidal to rounded
Bark: Gray
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 9
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 60 to 80 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil
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The White Ash belongs to the Oleaceae family, and was named thusly due to the more glaucous undersides of its leaves (which are noticeably lighter than the upper sides), helping to differentiate it from its Green Ash brother. The White Ash’s twigs are also rougher and have a tendency to flake, and it prefers to proliferate in upland hardwood forests instead of in the more riparian or urban areas suited to the Green Ash. The species has a hardiness zone of 3-9, and enjoys medium well-drained soils and access to full sunlight.

An attractive tree, the White Ash’s narrow pyramidal or rounded crown peaks at heights of 60-80 ft., with a respective 60-80 ft. spread. Its deciduous dark green leaves lighten to shades of sunny yellow, fiery bronze, and majestic maroon in autumn. In April and May, its flowers—panicles without petals, of a purplish color—appear, later giving way to one-winged dry samara that mature in autumn and are dispersed in winter. The White Ash’s trunk is suitably pale, deeply furrowed, and distinctly gray.

Easily cultivated and transplanted, the White Ash is prized as a parkland plant as well, although it prefers undeveloped over urban lands. Like the Green Ash, it has been threatened by the beetle known as the emerald ash borer, but is in general very resilient against the majority of pests and diseases. In America, the White Ash’s wood is in high demand and frequently cultivated. Its timber is white, dense, straight-grained, and strong, making it an ideal candidate for the creation of tool handles, baseball bats, furniture, and flooring. This wood is furthermore used for a variety of products ranging from lobster traps and ceiling fan blades to electronic guitar bodies and longbows.

George Washington planted his beloved White Ash tree in his Mount Vernon estate over 250 years ago. Throughout all the ensuring decades, as in the years before Washington’s time, our former president’s fellow countrymen followed his lead in regards to the planting and appreciation of this species. Native to eastern and central North America, the chief domain of the White Ash extends from Nova Scotia to Minnesota and from Florida to Texas, with naturalizations of this tree spreading as far as Hawaii. Even the tree’s binomial name—Fraxinus Americana—seems to speak to the patriotism associated with the White Ash.


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