The Pop ash trees seen in this photograph which I took in the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a native to North America. The name caroliniana refers to the state where it is thought to have originated. These trees are most often found in swamps and floodplains. Their use for commercial purposes is limited because they do not grow very tall and it’s wood is soft making it poor for lumber use. It is useful for making firewood. Native American Indians used the wood of the tree to make tools and also for medicinal purposes. The tree is deciduous and drops most of its leaves in winter. It produces a lot of pollen. It’s leaves are host to the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. More information about the Pop ash tree can be found at the Univ. of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Extension. Type in Pop ash trees in the search box.
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