Fraxinus Ornus – specimens
Ash that giver of life .. a member of the Olive family, leafing during April, shedding them in October. Ash seeds feed small mammals and birds, while the leaf mould hides insects and enriches the soil.
The flower seeds ripen into bunches of pale yellow-brown keys .. so-called because they look like the keys used in Medieval locks.
The timber is both tough and supple, resisting shock without splintering.
Uses: – tool and implement handles, oars, skis, shafts for carts, and for furniture, e.g.:the Windsor chair.
Morgan Aero 2-Seater Sports 1926
In more recent times in the structural members of the bodies of cars: The Morgan Motor Company still manufacture sports cars with frames made from Ash. It is also often used as a material for electric guitar bodies ... woodworkers generally like the timber for its great finishing qualities.
Green wood burns sweetly .. as Walter de la Mare once wrote:
Of all the trees in England
Her sweet three corners in,
Only the Ash, the bonnie Ash,
Burns fierce while it is green.
That is Ash .. A for Ash Tree a native of this bonnie land ...
Part of the ABC April 2011 A - Z Challenge - Aspects of the British Countryside
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