The ash (Fraxinus) is a genus of plants in the olive family and is one of the most widespread native deciduous trees. Three species of ash are found in Europe: the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior), the manna ash (Fraxinus ornus) and the narrow-leaved ash (Fraxinus angustifolia). It usually grows on moist and calcareous soils. The wood is characterised above all by its high elasticity and strength and is therefore often used for the manufacture of sports equipment. The facultative heartwood of the tree appears darker and is due to the entry of oxygen. The physical properties of the tree are not affected in any way. The sometimes strong light-dark contrast that often results from this gives the tree a very lively appearance. (cf. WAGENFUEHR, 2007)

OriginNorth Bavaria, Germany, Central Europe
CertificatesFSC, PEFC
CharacteristicsDeciduous tree, dark yellow-brown, facultative core formation, ring porous, high elasticity
Average bulk density
(12-15 % wood moisture)