Ash trees are deciduous trees. There are about 50 different species of them all over the world. Of these, three species grow in Europe. Above all, the “common ash” grows here. The ash trees form a genus and are related to the olive trees.
In autumn, European ash trees lose their leaves. New ones grow in spring. On other continents, there are ash trees that keep their leaves over the winter. Ash trees form flowers, from which the seeds then develop. These are considered nutlets. They have wing-like maple seeds. This allows the seeds to fly a bit away from the trunk. This allows the tree to reproduce better.
Ashwood is very heavy, strong, and elastic. That is why it is considered the best European wood for tool handles, i.e. hammers, shovels, pickaxes, brooms, and so on. But it is also suitable for sports equipment such as sleds or baseball bats, as well as for building ships. However, the wood does not like moisture. So you should not leave these items outside at night.
Ash trees have been endangered in recent years by a certain fungus. As a result, the young shoots died. In addition, a beetle was brought in from Asia, which eats the buds. Some scientists, therefore, fear that the ash will die out in Europe.
Ash trees belong to the olive tree family. This also includes the olive trees and the privet, which we mainly know as hedges. The olive trees keep their leaves even in winter. Ash trees shed their leaves in the fall and new leaves grow back in the spring. With the private, there are both possibilities: those that lose their leaves in autumn like the ash trees and those that keep them like the olive trees.
The mountain ash bears the name “ash”, but it is not. Her real name is “Rowberry”. It is also not related to the ash at all.