Proper ash tree identification can be tricky. Many trees share similar attributes such as branch and bud configuration, leaf shape, and ash tree bark texture, making it easy to mistake one type of tree for another. When it comes to protecting your ash tree against EAB the first step is proper identification. If you need help determining if you have ash trees, Wachtel’s Certified Arborists have the experience and training to identify a great variety of trees. Use our expertise to help you identify your ash trees and protect them against the invasive and destructive Emerald Ash Borer.
An ash tree can be properly identified using the following criteria:
Leaf, Bud, and Branch arrangement: Identify an ash tree leaves, buds, and branches by the growth across from each other, or opposite, not staggered.
Seeds: Identify an ash tree seeds that are dry and typically occur in clusters. These seeds hang on the tree until late fall or early winter.
Bark: Mature ash trees have a netted diamond shape pattern. Green and White Young ash have relatively smooth bark.
Leaves: Identify an ash tree through its compound leaves with 5-11 leaflets.
The only other oppositely branched tree with compound leaves is the Boxelder, which typically has only 3-5 leaflets.
After you have properly identified your trees as ash, the next step is to protect them against EAB. The Emerald Ash Borer is here and it will kill your ash trees unless treated. Protecting favored trees is important and necessary if you hope to keep your trees. Through the use of trunk injection treatment or other effective EAB preventative treatments, you can save the trees you love and your landscape needs.
Call our Wachtel Certified Arborists today for ash tree identification and EAB treatment consultation.