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Fraxiunus excelsior It is a large deciduous tree growing to 12–18 m tall English: Ash Spanish: Fresno Estonian: Harilik saar with a trunk up to 2 m diameter, with a tall, narrow crown. The bark is smooth and pale grey on young trees, becoming thick and vertically fissured on old trees. Flowers Fruit Leaves The leaves are opposite, 20–35 cm long, pinnately compound, with The fruit is a samara 2.5– flowers are somewhat longer than the male flowers, dark purple, without petals, 7-13 leaflets with coarsely broad, often hanging in bunches through the and are wind-pollinated. Both male and narrowly elliptic, 3–12 long and 0.8–3 cm broad and sessile on the The flowers are borne in short panicles, open before the leaves. The female female flowers can occur on the same tree, but it is more common to find all male and all female trees. serrated margins, elliptic to leaf rachis 4.5 cm long and 5–8 mm winter