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FutureStarrAWafer Ash Tree
A journalist's job is to try to tell the truth in an understandable way. And a journalist's worst enemy is irrelevance. When you're involved in journalism, you must constantly ask yourself what you want to accomplish, and to do that, it really helps to have a goal in mind. This article is about the journalist's relationship with their audience, and the importance of that relationship to creating a relevant, engaging, and compelling read.Wafer-ash is a small native tree or large shrub. It produces small fragrant flowers and wafer-like winged seeds, similar to elms. It is a good plant for naturalizing or woodland landscapes. Despite the name, this tree is not a true ash tree and is unaffected by the emerald ash borer.
Wafer-ash, also called hop tree, is a large shrub or small tree that is successful in both urban and forested environments. Despite the name, this tree is not an ash tree and is unaffected by the emerald ash borer. Wafer-ash has leaves that resemble those of ash trees but have only three parts, resembling a large shamrock leaf with pointed tips. The tree’s buds are hidden in the base of the leaf petiole. Wafer-ash bark is dark gray and mostly smooth, while the twigs are reddish-brown and very smooth. The flowers are greenish-white, about ½” in diameter, and grow in clusters. The tree will then produce circular papery brown seeds that stay on the tree even after the leaves fall off for winter.
Grows naturally on dry rocky slopes in the mountains of eastern North America and Mexico. The loose crown is rounded and open and all parts of the tree are aromatic. The smooth bark is grey-brown, later somewhat grooved and slightly flaky. One-year-old twigs are green, older twigs yellowish-brown. The leaves are triple and fragrant. The autumn colour is yellow. The unremarkable small flowers grow in large plumes measuring up to 8 cm and have a strong scent especially in the evening. The large flattened nut fruits, measuring approx. 2 cm, grown in dense plumes and are yellowish-green. They resemble the fruit of the elm. 'Ptelea' is Ancient Greek for elm. The fruits dry on the tree and remain decorative until deep into the winter. It is an excellent forage tree, attracting many honeybees and bumblebees. Is very seldom cultivated. (Source:www.vdberk.com)