Carolina Ash, fairly common in our swamp, is also called Pop Ash or Water Ash. Like the Red Maple the Ash Tree has opposite leaves but, unlike the simple maple leaf, the ash has a compound leaf divided into 5-9 leaflets. Male and female flowers grow on separate trees in very small clusters, sometimes appearing before the leaves. The broad samaras, or winged fruits, provide food for wildlife. Ash trees are often confused with hickories which have alternate compound leaves.
Latin Name: Fraxinus Caroliniana