Ash - Fraxinus excelsior

    Alternative names
    Common Ash

    Large tree to 40 metres with black winter buds. Leaves pinnate and opposite. Flowers with tufts of dark purplish brown stamens, becoming greeninsh without sepals or petals, borne in terminal or lateral clusters.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, scrub and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    April to May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 606 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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