(Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
The Olive Family (Oleaceae)

Medium sized tree with opposite, deciduous leaves and brownish-black, diamond-shaped bark.


Open woodlands, streams, river banks.

Interesting Facts: 

Because of its strong but elastic durability, its lumber is multi-purpose. A red dye can be extracted from its bark, and its inner bark can be made into a powder for cooking purposes. Host to the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur and the Mourning Cloak butterflies.

Greenish-white, single-winged, dry, flattened samara with a slender, thin seed cavity.
Its light green to purplish flowers are petalless, with the female flowers hanging in loose panicles and male in tight clusters appearing after the leaves unfold.
Wildlife value: 
Tree provides cover and seed for birds; its leaves, twigs, and seeds are a food source for mammals; and it hosts multiple butterflies and insects.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 6.00-9.00 inches
Tree height: 50.00-75.00 feet

Where to find Green Ash on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WET - Wetland Trail 3.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.