Black Ash

Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)

 

 

Common names: swamp ash, basket ash, brown ash, hoop ash, and water ash

 

 

Distribution: Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

 

 

Color/appearance: The heartwood is a light to medium brown color. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood.

 

 

Janka hardness: 850 lbf

 

 

Density: 2.83 lbf

 

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Ash in the Fraxinus genus has been reported to cause skin irritation, and a decrease in lung function.

 

 

Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: Yes

 

 

Common Uses: Flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, and other turned objects such as tool handles.

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