graphic: The Victim: Trees at risk

Minnesota Ash Trees

Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)

photo: 4 image showing what a Black Ash looks like

This slow-growing tree is found throughout Minnesota except in the western prairie. It likes cool, moist places. Heavy, coarse-grained wood separates into thin layers that can be used for baskets.


Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

photo: 4 images showing what Green looks like

This fast-growing tree is found throughout most of Minnesota, often in valleys and along streams. It also is commonly planted as a boulevard tree in Minnesota’s communities. Its strong wood is used to make furniture, tool handles, hockey sticks, and other wood products.


White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

photo: 4 photos showing what Black Ash looks like.

Native to southeastern Minnesota, white ash grows best in rich, moist soil. The wood is strong and elastic. Uses include baseball bats, tool handles, and furniture.


While other trees, such as mountain ash and prickly ash, have "ash" in their common name, they are not true ash, or Fraxinus species. Only true ash are susceptible to attack by emerald ash borer.

To identify ash tree pdf, first look for the following:

graphic: Showing Ash tree with branches that grow opposite of each other
graphic: Showing Ash Tree with compound leaves
graphic: Showing Ash leaflets

Has branches that grow directly across from one another

Has compound leaves
(a group of leaflets joined by a stalk to a woody stem)

Has five to many leaflets with smooth or finely toothed margins