European ash

Fraxinus excelsior

Deciduous, from Europe and south-west Asia.

Their ‘helicopter seeds’ are the most distinctive feature of ash trees, which can grow up to 18m.

Ashes are trees that can be coppiced. That means they re-grow from their roots when cut down, so can provide an ongoing source of timber.

Ash trees are also often pollarded – cut at head height, so a dense new canopy can grow.

The wood from ash trees is hard and tough. It has been used to make the shafts for tools, tennis racquets, snooker cues and aircraft frames.

Find the European Ash

Beside the Symonds Street Entrance, 105 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • <p>European Ash Leaf</p>