White Ash

The White Ash tree grows rapidly, adapts to almost any conditions and is low maintenance. Ash wears well and bumps and bruises are less noticeable than in other species. There is a strong grain pattern in the Ash and this hides natural imperfections well. There is a lot of natural colour variation from a pale straw colour, to a dark brown, which gives it a livelier appearance than maple.

 

 

The ash is available in the Select grade only and your colour options for the magnificent white ash are as follows:

LEGEND SERIES  
EBONY
Legend Series
GRIZZLY
Legend Series
SHADOW
Legend Series
   
STORM
Legend Series
   
     
SELECT GRADE  
CIDER
Select Grade
EBONY
Select Grade
HONEY
Select Grade
NATURAL
Select Grade
RUSSET
Select Grade
SIENNA
Select Grade

 

White Ash Standard Ratings

Janka 1320

Select

Semi-gloss

Harvested from
North America

 

Colour
Ash wood can have a significant range of colours from pale straw to a dark brown. The sapwood of white ash is creamy white, while the heartwood ranges from a light tan to dark brown.

Grain
The grain is bold and straight, with an occasional wavy pattern.  Overall, the ash has a strong grain pattern, which is accentuated with the application of darker stains. It has open pores similar to oak, thus has a much busier appearance than an equivalent maple stained floor.  Ash flooring, if you like the colour options, can be a substitute for the more common oak floor as most people would have a hard time telling them apart once stained.

Stability
Moderately heavy, hard, strong, quite elastic and tough with good shock resistance, good dimensional stability, resistant to decaying.  The dimensional stability is considered above average and is more stable than red oak.

Hardness
Ash has a Janka rating of 1320 which is slightly harder than oak. Dents and scratches are less visible on ash flooring, because the strong grain pattern disguises any imperfections it has gained through life.

Growth
The White Ash can be found in most hardwood forests and likes to grow in rich, moist, well-drained soils on riverbanks and lower slopes.  The Ash is a large tree and can reach 70-80 feet in height, and in rare instances up to 125 feet which always occurs in its optimum moist environment.  You will also find the Ash lining the streets of suburban homes as it is an attractive, hardy and relatively disease-free tree.

Botanical Name
Fraxinus Americana, from the family Oleaceae