White Ash

White Ash

White ash, also called American white ash (scientific name: Fraxinusamericana), has a heartwood of light to medium brown color. Sapwood tends to be wide and of a beige or light color. Its texture is medium to coarse similar to oak.

White ash is commonly found in eastern North America. It is perishable, not resistant to insects, and only slightly durable for decay.

Janka Hardness :

5,870 N (1,320 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

675 kg/m3 (42 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Good results can be achieved with either hand tools or machine tools. White ash is good with glues and stains and finishes well. It responds well to steam bending.


Pricing / Availability

Along with oak, ash is one of the least expensive types of utility hardwoods on offer in domestic markets.



It is mentioned in the IUCN’s Red List and falls under the "critically endangered" category, as data suggests that there could be an 80 percent reduction in its population in its next three generations due to the introduction of new taxa. It is not mentioned in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

Ash is used for flooring, boxes, crates, and turned objects such as tool handles and baseball bats. It is also used in millwork.

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