White Ash : Introduction
Across ages and across cultures, the ash, genus Fraxinus, has been revered as a tree generous in both tangible and more abstract purposes. It has been hailed as a source material across the fields of human interaction, from making everyday goods and nourishment to its powers of healing and deep ties to spirituality. It says a lot about the tree that multiple cultures, vastly different in their inner workings, have considered themselves or the whole world to be born from its branches. Fraxinus americana, the white ash that is familiar to nearby forests, has proven to be no different in its influence on how we interact with nature and its ability to shape how we perceive our environment.