Ash is used for furniture, cooperage, handles, oars, vehicle parts, baseball bats, and other athletic goods.
Commercial white ash is a group of species that consist mostly of white ash and green ash, although blue ash is also included. Heartwood of commercial white ash is brown; the sapwood is light colored or nearly white. Second-growth trees have a large portion of sapwood. Old-growth trees, which characteristically have little sapwood, are scarce.
The major species of ash grow in the eastern half of the United States.
Second-growth commercial white ash is particularly sought because of the inherent qualities of the wood; it is heavy (42lbs./cu.ft.), strong, hard, stiff, and has high resistance to shock.