Riddle #6: A distinctive feature of this native hardwood tree is “squarish stems”. Can you name the tree and perhaps two other distinctions for this tree?
Answer: Blue ash, Fraxinus quadrangulata The botanical name is from Latin “four-angled ash” referring to the squarish twigs. American settlers used a bluish color extracted from the twigs as a dye. Perhaps most interesting recently is the theory that healthy blue ash trees appear to have some resistance to the deadly emerald ash borer. Learn more here:
KWOA Wood Post: Woodland Riddle Feature
How many times has terminology in your woodlands management plan furrowed your brow? What exactly did that service forester mean when he/she suggested releasing the canopy during an inspection of your woodlands? Is that like raising the sunroof on your convertible??