Ash • Fraxinus L. \’ash\
Trees & Shrubs
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic conjunctivitis
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms; wheezing; difficulty breathing
Physical description: Grows up to 100 feet tall; bark is dark gray and furrowed forming an interweaving diamond-shaped pattern; leaves are 8-15 inches long with 5-9 leaflets; often yellow, dark purple or maroon in the fall
Environmental factors: Found in floodplain woodlands, upland woodlands, edges of shaded gravelly seeps, high riverbanks, limestone glades, and city parks
Cross-reactivity: Olive, privet
Included species: Black ash, blue ash, Texas ash, and more
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- “White Ash.” Arbor Day Foundation. https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=1082
- “White Ash.” Illinois Wild Flowers. http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/trees/plants/white_ash.html
- “Ash (Fraxinus).” PollenLibrary.com. http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Genus/Fraxinus/
Did You Know?
Ash is the most common wood used to make wooden baseball bats.