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Apr 26, 2013 10:48 AM

What is this tree please?

I noticed this tree growing along the side of a railway in Somerset. I looked like an Ash to me but the 'fruit' was somthing I had not seen before.




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    Apr 26, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to richardstow)
    Re: What is this tree please?


    you were right in your identification of Ash. These masses are the male flowers. Each little red blob within the mass  has two pollen producing anthers. This website (if you scroll down slightly) has good close-up images of male and female flowers.

    Ash generally have either male or female specimens and so will only have male and female flowers respectively. Occasionally a specimen will have both male and hermaphrodite flowers or female and hermaphrodite flowers.

    This specimen obviously has male flowers, if you wished to find out if this tree also has hermaphrodite flowers you could return in late summer to see if any ash keys have set on this tree or not.


    Best wishes,


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