#138 Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

This green ash stands just off the lake in the middle of Freedom Park, on the back side of the band shell. Ash trees are in severe decline in the US due to the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB). This beetle is native to Asia, and was first identified in Michigan in 2002. It was likely present in the US well before then, and it has now killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. Injection of specific insecticides can be used to protect ash trees from EAB infestation.

Statistics (2022)

  • Circumference (In.): 163"
  • Height (Ft.): 60'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 74'
  • Total Points: 242

More Information

  • Nominated By: Patrick and Julia George
  • Year Added: 2022
  • Owned By: Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Freedom Park
  • Property Type: Public Park
  • Nearest Address: 1908 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
  • Ecological Value: Ash are fast-growing and easily adaptable to a wide range of site conditions, which is why they were so prolifically planted. They also help stabilize soil near stream banks. But EAB threatens many ash trees around the country.
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