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

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA central and East.  Found in low wet areas.

Formerly abundant, in much of its range, this tree (and other native ashes) have been killed (or are now being killed) by parasitic insect emerald ash borer (EAB)  Agrilus planipennis.

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

Propagation protocol (.pdf).

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