Today’s Tree: Ash, Fraxinus – can you name it?
I was unable to identify this one, so leave me a comment if you know. Feathery bronze-purple leaves, pale bark. I am unable to identify an ash with this leaf coloring, but the leaf pattern and bark are definitely ash like.
These beautiful trees are susceptible to the ash borer insect which decimated huge parts of the ash population in the Eastern US and spurred this Forest Service study on Trees and Human Health over the past decade. Trees in urban areas, where most Americans live, are being studied more and more often for their health impact on filtering pollutants: Urban Trees. Hopeful signs people are waking up to the importance of trees in our ecosystem, our health, and spirit.
Now for something Halloween – an organic tomato grown in Washington!