Ash is recognized by:
- Its smooth, slender trunks
- Its opposite leaves
- Its bunches of flowers
Sites favored by Ash
Definition of a forest site:
zone of varying size across which ecological conditions are the same: climate, relief, geology, soil and natural vegetation.
Annual average between 7.5 and 15°C. Likes cool temperatures. Enjoys light and semi-shade, depending on soil and climate. This species withstands cold winters as long as frosts are not too heavy.
A minimum 750 mm of water per year.
It thrives on deep, mineral-rich soils. It appreciates chalky, well-drained soils. One distinguishing factor: it likes light and cool temperatures.
Root development of the ash tree
- Deep and powerful, slightly oblique.
- Good wind resistance.
|Density||Spacing||Benefits and drawbacks|
|500-1,000 plants/hectare||5 x 5 m||Easy, abundant regeneration. Although this species adapts well to soils with different pH levels, it does not suit every soil type.|
Final density: 70-80 stems/hectare
Growth and production of ash
- Rapid growth when the plants are young.
- Lifespan of over a century.
- Production of 7-9 m3/hectare/year (depending on site).
- Cream-white heartwood and indistinct sapwood.
- Easy sawing, normal drying time but risk of deformation and checking.
- Excellent wood for joinery and luxury cabinetwork.
- Also used for tool handles and cooperage.
- Trade name: Ash