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Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)


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These pictures show ash in various stages of flowering. In late autumn /winter, ash can be easily distinguished by its black buds and, in summer, by its distinctive pinnate leaves. The black buds turn brown and flowers appear, usually in April, before the leaves and are wind pollinated. It produces both male flowers (pictured), female and bisexual flowers. Its fruits can be found in late summer / autumn. It is a very common tree that can reach a height of 30-32 metres. Picture taken at Stevington, Bedfordshire 1st April 2006.

1st Apr 2006 by Diane Earl

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