Where are the ash trees? And how many are
Ash trees are widespread in the United States and all 16 native
ash species are susceptible to EAB attack.
There are seven
species of ash trees in Texas: Green, White, Carolina, Texas, Water, Mexican and
Ash trees can make up a large population of urban
forests. In Austin, Texas, for example, ash makes up 4.4% of the urban forest –
that’s over a million trees.
Ash trees make up less than 5% of
rural Texas forestlands.
Why are ash trees important?
Ash trees are important to our environment and our economy. They help
fill in the forest canopy and provide shade for the forest floor. They help keep
our ecosystems diverse and stable.
They provide shade—cooling our
streets and homes. They help keep our air clean and our water pure.
help maintain our soil and manage storm water runoff. They also beautify and add
value to the places we live, work and play.
Ash trees are also
important to us because of the products they provide.
of the white ash has unique qualities. It is pliable and strong, but light in
weight. Many products are made from the wood of the white ash, including
baseball bats, hockey sticks, guitars, boat oars, flooring and furniture. White
ash also provides food for some wildlife—such as cardinals, finches and wood
The wood of the black ash is not as strong as white ash,
but has a grain look that is used for furniture. The wood of a young black ash
can be split and used for cabinet making.