Requiem for Fraxinus

”Some trees may stand, like transfixed angels, shining in a light of heavenly gold; others may robe themselves in royal purple.” Donald Culross Peattie on the White Ash in A Natural History of North American Trees

Figure with White Ash ( Fraxinus americana )

Figure with White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

Requiem for Fraxinus

In 1948
Donald did not know
about the Ash
what he knew about the Elm and
the Chestnut

The American Elm
and the American Chestnut,
that is

If he came to me
in a dream
I would not tell him
about the Ash
Not about the yellows
Not about the little emerald insect

Instead
I’d listen
to the stories of basket makers
the Louisville slugger and a base hit
and Donald

Figure with Spicebush ( Lindera benzoin ) and White Ash ( Fraxinus americana )

Figure with Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

White Ash ( Fraxinus americana ), Barked Flaked by a Woodpecker. WOodpeckers can hear the Emerald Ash Borer larvae inside the tree.

White Ash (Fraxinus americana), Barked Flaked by a Woodpecker. WOodpeckers can hear the Emerald Ash Borer larvae inside the tree.

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) in Ash Cavity

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) in Ash Cavity

Read more about Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), an exotic insect that feeds on Ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees.