Ash is a common tree that is found in almost every geographic region and is a close relative of the olive tree. The variety within the Ash family is staggering and off the top of my head, I can name 12 different types:
- Black Ash: A very pliable wood found in mostly cold and wet locations.
- Blue Ash: The name comes from the fact that the inner bark turns blue when exposed to air.
- California Ash: One of the smallest types of Ash.
- Carolina Ash: A very common type of Ash found in the Carolinas and the southern United States. Also known as Swamp Ash by guitar makers.
- European Ash: As the name implies, this tree is found mostly in Europe and is characterized by its unique black buds — also known as Common Ash.
- Green Ash: This is probably the hardiest of all the Ashes. It can grown most anywhere and tolerate many different types of weather and environmental conditions.
- Gregg’s Ash: More like a shrub, Gregg’s Ash can be pruned to form small trees.
- Manna Ash: Known for its very sweet sap; Manna Ash is more like a shrub than a tree.
- Narrow Leaf Ash: This type of ash does quite well in urban settings where acidic soil is present.
- Pumpkin Ash: Also known as Swell Butt Ash, this tree is characterized by it’s highly enlarged trunk base.
- Velvet Ash: Is a very drought tolerant tree, found in Arizona and other dry climates.
- White Ash: Another very common tree, known for it’s stunning beauty in the fall as well as its durability and uniformity.
We prefer to use Old Growth White Ash when we create floors. It’s durable, allows for even application of finishes and has a beautiful grain pattern that is both distinct and stunning. Its strength makes it perfect for high traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens and living rooms.