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Fraxinus angustifolia
Narrow-leaved ash

Narrow-leaved ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) is a fast-growing, medium-sized deciduous tree. It has a wide distribution range extending from the Caucasus region, throughout central and southern Europe to north-west Africa. In its northern distribution, it naturally hybridizes with common ash (Fraxinus excelsior).

The tree’s wood quality is inferior compared to other ash species and mainly used for producing pulpwood and products such as veneer, laminate and plywood. The tree is popular as a park and roadside tree in urban environments. The sap, when crystallized by the wind, is called manna and used as a sweetener and in medicine. Today, this product is only produced in Sicily, Italy.

Narrow-leaved ash grows in mild climates, often on moist soils in riparian forests, along rivers and in the lowland; however, it also grows on well-drained slopes. It is usually found in mixed deciduous forests where it contributes to a rich biodiversity. The tree is a light-demanding species and is able to colonize disturbed areas.

Similar to common ash, narrow-leaved ash is sensitive to the Chalara fraxinea fungus and has lately suffered from the ash dieback.

Read more about the ash dieback  [1]

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