Black Ash

Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)


Common names: swamp ash, basket ash, brown ash, hoop ash, and water ash


Distribution: Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada


Color/appearance: The heartwood is a light to medium brown color. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood.


Janka hardness: 850 lbf


Density: 2.83 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 5.0%

Tangential (width): 7.8%,

Volumetric (total): 15.2%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.6


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Ash in the Fraxinus genus has been reported to cause skin irritation, and a decrease in lung function.


Sustainability: CITES: No, IUCN: Yes


Common Uses: Flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, and other turned objects such as tool handles.


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