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Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Red ash

Red ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to the north-eastern regions of North America.

The wood of the tree is strong and flexible and used for specific products such as baseball bats, and tool handles. It has great ecological importance, providing shelter and food for a range of birds and animals, especially in wet sites. The tree, with its yellow autumn foliage and appealing shape, is also a valued ornamental in urban environments and is also useful for shelterbelt plantings.

Red ash usually grows in humid areas such as floodplains and wetlands, but it is extremely adaptable. It tolerates moderate shade, is able to grow on many soil types and is able to withstand both frequent flooding and a degree of drought. The optimal growing conditions are on fertile, moist and well-drained soils. 

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