Help identifying this Tree

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Hi I'm new to this site. Recently acquired a new tree I've been told it is a common ash (Fraxinus excelsior). Any help confirming this would be a great help
 

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Despite the dodgy pictures it does look like some sort of Fraxinus - opposite compound leaves and smooth bark. that's as far as I'm prepared to go without clear photos of the whole tree, individual leaves, older bark and new bark.
 

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I hope you're not in the Mid Atlantic....all our Ash trees are destined to be turned to ashes in the fireplace.
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Kinda looks like your classic s-shape “Fukien tea” from Walmart. not sure though with those pics. Maybe a close up of the leaves could help
 

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I will post a close up picture. No I'm in the UK it's a beautiful native here but threatened by the ash die back fungal disease that has come from Asia. I wanted to preserve one from the pending doom.
 

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Thanks for the response so far guys hopefully I can confirm it is the common ash
 

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Ash is a good guess I think. The bark looks "Ashish" too :D I mean it's very light and smooth on younger specimens.

I had one that was beginning to look good, but it died last year. I should have repotted it, the roots can be very strong and invade the pot, which is not good when the temps are high.

At least, we don't seem to have the problem you have in Britain. One of my late uncles lived in New Ash Green : I wonder what this town would called now...

Why don't you mention your location in your profile, country, county, nearest big city, ... ? You don't need to mention your postcode ;)
 

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Right thanks. I was personally going to wait for the spring for confirmation apparently it will have black buds if it is a common ash. I'll make a note of that when I repot it. New ash green is still there, a small village outside London near to sevenoaks. Updated the profile now thanks 😁
 

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Older bark, new shoots, opposite buds and those leaves all tally with ash so just remains to check winter buds.
Can you treat ash die back with fungicide to protect it?

We are also battling increasing numbers of exotic pests and diseases. As international travel becomes increasingly easier more and more travellers seem to think it is their right to flout quarantine and bring in seeds and plant material which inevitably brings disease with it.
 

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Thanks for the help. I know really frustrating the borders need to toughen up to this sort of thing. No unfortunately not its said in 20 years 95% of the ash population will be gone here. It is the second most common tree in the UK after oak. All they can do is try and quarantine but studys have shown that it could be a pathogen and spread by spores in the air.
 

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