The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

The Black ash Fraxinus sambucifolia

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The Black ash (F. sambucifolia), sometimes called the Water ash, requires a moist soil to thrive well, and is seen in the greatest perfection on the borders of swamps. Its buds are of a deep blue; the young shoots of a bright green, sprinkled with dots of the same color, which disappear as the season advances. It may readily be distinguished from the White ash by its bark, which is of a duller hue and less deeply furrowed. The Black ash is altogether a tree of less stature than the preceding.