Ash (Fraxinus execlsior) [1 of 4]

Continuing my look at trees in winter here is second of the 'big three' native trees (ie big in stature and big in numbers).

The Ash is a fine, tall, upstanding member of the tree community. The main trunk reaches a point where it divides in to many branches that go upwards rather than stretching outwards.

They are usually found in clusters too, rather than as occasional loan trees like the Oak. It is a widely distributed tree across the country and can be found extensively in Dorset.

It is one of the last to get its leaves in spring and yet one of the earliest to shed its leaves in autumn.

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