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North America


Tree Data
White ash is reported to be the largest and most important of the 18 Ash species that are native to the United States. Trees often attain heights of 70 to 80 feet (21 to 24 m), with trunk diameters of 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm).

Boles are are reported to be often straight and clear of branches to 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 m).

Sapwood Color
The narrow sapwood is nearly white in color.

Heartwood Color
The heartwood is pale brown, grayish brown, light brown, or pale yellow streaked with brown. The color may also be cream to very light brown, occasionally with a reddish tinge.

The grain is described as bold, straight, moderately open with an occasional wavy pattern. Plainsawn boards usually have strong contrast in grain.

The material is normally coarse-textured.

The wood is reported to be lustrous.

Ash is reported to be typically free from taste and odor.

Movement in Service

White ash is reported to have good dimensional stability, and is superior to Red oak in this property.

Natural Durability
The heartwood is reported to have little or no natural resistance to attack by decay causing organisms and insects. The sapwood is also susceptible to attack by powder post beetle and fungi. Resistance to Impregnation The wood is reported to respond well to preservative treatment.

Veneering Qualities
Ash is used to manufacture plywood and some logs are sliced into decorative veneers for paneling and furniture uses. Cutting Resistance There is very little cutting resistance.


Category Green Dry Unit
Bending Strength 8900 15050 psi
Crushing Strength (Perp.) 765 1340 psi
Max. Crushing Strength 3905 7420 psi
Static Bending (FSPL) 4665 7654 psi
Impact Strength 47 51 inches
Stiffness 1435 1720 1000 psi
Work to Maximum Load 20 20 in-lbs/in3
Hardness 1320 lbs
Shearing Strength 1910 psi
Specific Gravity 0.56 0.67
Weight 51 43 lbs/cu.ft.
Radial Shrinkage (G->OD) 5 %
Tangential Shrink. (G->OD 8 %
Volumetric Shrink. (G->OD 13 %


Crown-Wood is a division of Crown-Holdings bvba, a registered company in Belgium active in the import/export & trading of all kinds of Tropical & Exotic Hardwoods (from South-East Asia, West Africa and South-America). 

Crown-Holdings bvba

Crown-Holdings bvba has the following divisions:

Contact details

a division of Crown-Holdings bvba

Baillet Latourlei 98
2930 Brasschaat

E-mail: info@crown-wood.be
Telephone: +32 3 480 10 14
Fax: +32 3 605 48 53