Beauty is only skin deep

By on Mar 18, 2008 in Emerald Ash Borer |

The phrase “Beauty is only skin deep” can be traced to the 1600’s as a proverb of shall we say “well rooted” advice. Today majestic and beautiful Ash trees that for years lined our streets have proven this proverb painfully true as their skin (bark) is peeled back. These stately giants of the Fraxinus genus like White Ash typically grow 50 to 80 feet tall with a spread of similar proportions. I’ve always liked the ash tree because it ages well both seasonally and over the course of it’s life. Seasonally, the tree saves the best for last. After providing shade in summer and a playground for squirrels, it closes out the season with reliably beautiful yellow fall color come football season. Over the course of it’s life, the tree becomes impressive in size and stature, with a very furrowed bark along it’s trunk, similar to the forehead...