The ash immigrated to Sweden 8000 years ago. Today it is native as far north as Dalälven. The pinnattly compound leaves are often among the last to open in spring and the first to fall in autumn. The trunk is often straight and knot free, smooth and gray green on young trees, thick and vertically fissured on old trees. The ash is a light-loving tree that often gets as tall as 30 meters and as old as 300 years.
Ash wood is light yellow with light brown heartwood. It is hard and resilient, easy to split and to bend. It is used for tool handles, rake handles, rake pegs, oars, bows, sport equipment, wheels and spokes, lately also for furniture, bent wood constructions and flooring.
Did you know that :
- Ash was commonly called the royal tree, as the leaves were the last to arrive and the first to go.
- The leaves are very nutritious and have been used for forage.
- Rods from ash could be used both to make weather forecasts and to exorcise evil spirits.
- The ash is important in Old Norse mythology. Yggdrasil, the world tree, is an ash tree and Ask, the first man, was created from an ash.