The Green Ash grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
An excellent shade tree, the Green Ash is extremely popular, especially in the Great Plains, and in cities and high-use parks throughout eastern United States. This popularity is due to its fast growth, marvelous adaptability to a wide range of soils, and ability to withstand drought. Like White Ash, its close relative of baseball bat fame, Green Ash has wood that is tough, elastic, straight-grained and very strong. Most oars and canoe paddles are made from Green Ash wood as the lighter, more useful White Ash wood is becoming scarce and thus expensive.
Hardy and fast-growing, prospers under most conditions. Lance-shaped leaflets are a lustrous medium to dark green, turning yellow in fall. Crown is densely rounded or irregular, leaf stems are velvety. Grows to 50' to 60', 25' spread. (zones 2-9)
The Green Ash has moderate importance to wildlife. The seeds are eaten by wood ducks, finches, and cardinals.
It prefers wet soil conditions, and has slight drought tolerance.
This trees leaves are opposite, compound, 6 to 9 inches long, 5 to 9 leaflets that range from 3 to 4 inches in length. Medium green in summer and bright yellow in autumn.
Green to reddish-purple.
The fruit is elongated, 1 to 2 inches long, tan in color, attractive to birds.