Thematic route

"Discover the secrets of the forest"


The European Ash

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Little curious, as you realized, we are in a forest made up of several species of trees, including this ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) in front of you.

The European ash is a tree that can reach up to 35 m in height and 1 m in diameter. The buds are matte black, the leaves are 30 to 40 cm long and its fruits are named samaras. The samaras are 2 to 4 cm long, they have a brown color (1 kg of fruits is made from about 16000 samaras). A fruit (a samara) has a single seed.

It grows from the plains and climbs up to the mountain area at 1400 m altitude.

Last but not least, yellow

Did you know that...

  • Ash is useful in the treatment of gout, renal lithiasis, edema and water retention.

  • Infusion from the leaves of ash mixed with black currant leaves, meadowsweet and mint is an extremely refreshing drink.