This pyramidal shaped, ornamental tree is native to most of Eastern and Central North America. The White Ash is highly desired by homeowners because its leafy canopy and wide spread make it an excellent shade producer. Easy growing, this tree does well in a variety of soils including acidic, alkaline, sandy, and well drained moist loam. Young trees should be planted out in the open, with plenty of room to spread. Plant in an area that receives at least 6 hours per day of direct sunlight. In the spring, the tree puts on blooms of greenish to purple flowers. In summer, the canopy of the tree is covered with clusters of compact, dark green leaves, with 5-9 leaves occurring on each leaf stem. In the fall, the leaves turn a deep purple, burgandy like color before falling for the winter. The bark of the ash is light, grayish-white. This tree grows in states as far north as Minnesota and as far south as Florida. Herbal medicine enthusiasts use the bark and roots as an astringent, a fever reducer, and to cure ailments of the liver and spleen. The wood of the White Ash is very strong and slightly flexible, making it highly desired as a favorite material for tools, flooring, furniture, guitar bodies, and the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats.