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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