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    National Park South Dakota

Trees - Green Ash

Green Ash - Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Green Ash - Fraxinus pennsylvanica
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

Green Ash is usually found in bottom lands but it grows well when planted in moist uplands. It is one of the most successful planted hardwoods in the Great Plains. Birds, deer, and rabbits feed on it.

Plains Indians found many uses for Green Ash wood including bows, arrows, drums, meat drying racks, and tipi pins and pegs.

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.