These hardy, deciduous trees are commonly known as Ash Trees.
Most of the Ashes are natives of the Northern Hemisphere. These quick-growing
trees are suitable for growing in yards and along roads; they will survive in
almost any soil in wind-swept areas and near the sea.
Ashes produce compound leaves with toothed leaflets that turn
yellow and purple colors in autumn. Most of these trees produce unnoticeable,
greenish-yellow, male and female flowers on separate trees. These are borne in
early spring and, on female trees, are followed by clusters of winged seeds.
F. americana (White Ash) is a native of North America. This variety
grows from 70 to 90 feet high and forms a rounded head of branches. The dull
green leaves are 8 to 15 inches long and consist of 5 to 9, oval or oblong
F. ornus (Flowering Ash or Manna Ash) is
originally from southern Europe. This tree, unlike most of the others, bears
attractive, downy, 3- to 5-inch panicles of fragrant, white flowers in the
spring or early summer. Each blossom contains both male and female parts,
therefore, all trees of this variety produce seeds. Its glossy green leaves
are 8 to 10 inches long. This type grows from 25 to 35 feet high.
The wood of various kinds of Ashes is valued in the lumber
business. It is strong, elastic and easily worked. It is used to make tool
handles, railroad ties, furniture, etc....
Ash Tree Link
Fresno in my back yard
Properties of Ash Used by Aztec's
Used to fight Rheumatism, Deafness, Lowers
Fever, Increases Urine and Perspiration.
Aztec Method of Use
For Rheumatism: Boil for 1 min. 45 grams of ash leaves, 15 grams of
mint leaves and 3 large cups of water. Filter and drink 3 cups a day 1 hour
For deafness: Make a fire, cut a thick green branch
of ash and place in fire, allow part of branch to hang over the edge so you
can collect the distilled liquid that will seep out of the branch, use a
plate to collect the liquid, then add liquid to a small jar, cover
well, place in double boiler for a couple of minutes, place
several drops of the liquid in affected ear then place a piece of cotton
soaked in same liquid in ear only before bedtime.
To lower fever and
increase sweat and urine: Drink 3 cups a day for several days the mixture
of ash and mint mentioned above.