Ash, North American
Fraxinus spp.

Ash, North American
Fraxinus spp.
Density: 672kg/m3


The sapwood is light coloured to nearly white and the heartwood varies from greyish brown to light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown. The wood is generally straight grained with a coarse uniform texture. The degree and availability of light coloured sapwood, and other properties, will vary according to the growing regions.

Working Properties:

Ash machines well, is good in nailing, screwing and gluing, and can be stained and polished to a very good finish. It dries fairly easily with a minimal degrade, and
there is little movement in performance.

Physical Properties:

Ash has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. It has
excellent shock resistance and is good for steam bending.


Non-resistant to heartwood decay. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder
post and the common furniture beetle. The heartwood is moderately resistant
to preservative treatment, and the sapwood is permeable.

Main Uses:

Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural interiors, high class joinery and moulding, kitchen cabinets, panelling, tool handles, sports goods and turning.