White Ash - Fraxinus americana
One of the most widely distributed trees in the eastern half of the country, White Ash is a potentially large tree and known for its beautiful autumn color. Old bark has a diamond-like pattern on a straight trunk. The pinnately compound leaves are as much as a foot in length, with 7 leaflets, each with a pointed tip; the upper surface is dark green with a pale hue beneath. Autumn color is variable, from purple to yellow. The fruit is a narrow samara. Often planted as an ornamental, White Ash does best in moist habitat and grows at the highest elevations in the South.