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European Ash

European Ash Tree
The European ash is a large deciduous tree that is dark green in the summer and through fall. It grows rapidly and is popular for shade and timber. You can find the European ash just north of the East 72nd Street entrance.

Common Name: European Ash

Scientific Name: Fraxinus excelsior

Origin: Europe

Family: Oleaceae

Size: 60' - 80' tall, 30' - 50' wide

Form: Round

Culture: Prefers full sun; high drought tolerance


Opposite, 8" - 14" long


Small, inconspicuous


Samara, 1" - 2" long, referred to as 'keys'


Smooth, gray