The Ash tree is widespread on Mull and in past times would have been highly regarded.
Supposed to have mystical and medicinal properties, it was also used in tool making.
- Bark is smooth and greenish grey, turning grey and fissuring with age
The wood acts as a natural shock absorber so was used in farm tool handles such as spades, axes, and farm implements such as plough handles.
- Trees can reach up to 40m tall
It was also used to make carts and coaches.
Other uses include oars, flooring, shinty sticks, rackets, and skis
- single winged seeds called ‘keys’ grow in bunches
The firewoods was burnt to drive out evil spirits.
- Distinctive black winter buds produce next years shoots and also dense clusters of small purple flowers
The Vikings considered the Ash “The Tree of Life”