The common ash (fraxinus excelsior) is a large native deciduous tree. There are a number of them within Tapijn. Characteristic for the ash are the pinnate leaves, but actually it is best recognized by the black buds at the end of the branches. Even in winter, when the leaves have fallen, the buds are still visible. The leaves of the ash do not appear until late spring and in autumn they fall off early. This is advantageous for the undergrowth. As long as the ash does not yet have leaves, the plants under the tree can benefit from the sunlight. But even when the tree is full of leaves, the crown still lets a lot of light through.
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Ash trees are suitable as roadside trees and are also planted along avenues. They are also planted for their wood, which can be used to make tools. In recent years, many ash trees have been affected by a fungal disease, causing branches to die off. A number of ash trees within Tapijn have also been affected. It seems that cultivated ash trees, some of which can also be found within the grounds, are more resistant to this disease. The course of this disease is being monitored closely, but there is no cure.