The ash tree is a very important tree in Vermont’s landscape. Ash have beautiful diamond shaped bark patterns and they stand out in a forest due to their tall and straight lines. To me, ash trees are iconic. They makes the green mountains green in the spring and summer, and turn to vivid orange hues in the fall. My dad and I find morel mushrooms growing the nitrogen rich soil at the base of our ash trees. They are known for having great, full tops, and bring good value in the timber market. Birds love ash trees because they are high enough to keep away predators, and deer rely on ash trees as they eat the buds off the young tops in the winter.