Young black ash has bark that resembles cork. The wood of this average-height tree is very unusual: when struck repeatedly, it splits into thin sheets along the growth rings. With the strips thus obtained, American Indians made all sorts of baskets and our ancestors wove chair seats.
Black ash grows almost exclusively in low-lying areas that are very wet and marshy. This species does not adapt well to dry soil.
It is often found with red and silver maple, white elm, eastern white cedar and balsam fir. Some pure stands also exist.
Relatively heavy and hard, its wood has a coarse grain and is not very strong. Its colouring ranges from almost pure white to very dark grayish brown.
It is used in cabinetmaking and for interior wood trim, boxes, crates and pallets.
Leaves, in opposite pairs consisting of 7 to 11 toothed leaflets.