Part of ash  genus Fraxinus in ash / lilac / olive  family Oleaceae.

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA, east of the 🗻︎ Rocky Mountains, vaguely around the Great Lakes and Maritimes.   🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48), 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file   Found in low wet areas.

Formerly abundant, in much of its range, this tree (and other native ash trees), with stem diameter over 2½ cm (1 in) (taller than a basketball hoop or so), have been or are now being killed by parasitic insect emerald ash borer (EAB)  Agrilus planipennis.

Although we hear that some communities and homeowners have protected their favorite adult ash trees through annual treatments.  Details?

Native alternatives for ash trees killed by EAB (Missouri Botanical Garden).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Its wood is used to make baskets and barrel hoops.

Fraxinus hosts caterpillars of 150 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Propagation protocol.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

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