Botanist's Glossary

Ash - Fraxinus excelsior

  • Description
    • This tall tree grows in temperate Europe and in mountainous regions of southern France. It has deciduous leaves, greenish, insignificant blossoms, and its dry, winged fruits hang in clusters.
  • Traditions
    • The ash is an important tree in Scandinavian mythology and age-old European beliefs. It also plays a major role in popular medicine: anti-rheumatic, diuretic, antipyretic, anti-venom. Its strong and very flexible wood was an important material in country crafts (scythe handles, wheel spokes) and was also used to make crossbows.
  • Properties
    • Ash is known in cosmetology for its anti-dark circle properties.