Ash is one of the most commonly seen native trees in Ireland. It dislikes wet soils but is very happy inalmost any other soil. It spreads by means of a one winged fruit called a “key”. Ash is one of the last trees to come into leafe in late Spring.
Although it is abundant throughout the countryside and planted as forestry plantations for timber to make hurleys, its future is in doubt due to a disease called ash dieback, Chalara fraxinea. More information about Ash Dieback Disease.
As an ornamental tree is it not regarded highly by many gardeners except for the weeping variety F. excelsior ‘Pendula’ which is a strong growing tree that forms a wide crown of strongly weeping branches. It is a handsome sight in winter.