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5

Hardwoods

5.1 AMERICAN ASH (FRAXINUS AMERICANA)

The American Ash is found in eastern North America from Nova Scotia to Florida. It is a large, deciduous tree growing to 80 ft in height and having a trunk diameter of 2 ft. In addition to its importance as wood, ash also is used as an ornamental, producing burgundy to scarlet autumn foliage. Its bark is gray with a uniform diamond furrowing. Ash trees are susceptible to the emerald ash borer beetle.

As a wood, ash has the greatest strength-to-weight ratio, making it useful as the number one material for baseball bats. Its sapwood is light tan, darkening to brown in the heartwood. It is straight grained, very hard, and shock resistant, making it useful as flooring. Other uses include tool handles ...

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