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White Ash
(Fraxinus americana)
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COMMON NAMES:   Ash, White Ash

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   0.66

DENSITY:  41 lbs./cu.ft.

TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT:   7.8%

RADIAL MOVEMENT:   4.9%

VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:   13.3%

DURABILITY1:   Poor

SOURCE:  Central states, Ohio and Mississippi River valleys

DESCRIPTION:   Ash is heavy, hard and strong, open grained, tough and elastic. It is very susceptible to powderpost beetle infestation. The lumber trade typically mixes and sells both white ash and green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) as white ash, because of their similar appearance. Green ash is slightly softer.


1 Durability refers to a wood's resistance to rotting in wet environments.

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