Fraxinus spp

Known also as Northern ash and Southern ash.

Where it grows

Ash grows throughout Eastern USA.


Sapwood light copoured nearly white  despotaki

grayish brown to light brown and pale yellow streaked with brown

Grain straight

70-80 ft with diameter 2'-4'

Average weight at 12% M.C ( kg/m³) 673
Specific gravity at 12 % M.C. 0,60
Average Volumetric Shrinkage Green to 6 % M.C (%) 10,7
Crushing strength

very good

Bending strength  very good
Modulus of Elasticity (Mpa) 11,977 
 Hardness (N) 5871 
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Drying item40
Machining item40
Wood Bending item40
Gluing item40
Nailing item40
Finishing item40

End Uses

Flooring, joinery and moulding, panelling, doors, cabinets and furniture.


The heartwood is moderately resistant to treatment with preservatives. The sapwood is permeable. It has excellent shock resistance. The properties of ash can vary according to the growing region. American ash is similar in appearance to European ash.

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