Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Ash Tree

Ash Tree (Fraxinus excelsior), a valuable British timber-tree belonging to the olive tribe. It has smooth, olive-grey bark, black buds, opposite pinnate leaves of from seven to fifteen leaflets, flowers without calyx or corolla, and an oblong-winged fruit. Its wood is more flexible than that of any other European tree, and is used for walking-sticks, spade-handles, the spokes and felloes of wheels, etc., though now largely superseded by the allied American F. americana.