1) White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
- Tough, plentiful, and easily bent into curves, Ash is used in tennis racquets, billiard cues, skis, and baseball bats.
- White Ash is native to eastern and central North America.
- This cutting is from the cultivar ‘Rose Hill’, located in grid 47-3E near the Lagoons.
2) Common Box (Buxus sempervirens)
- Used for crocquet balls because of its hardness.
- Native to Europe, northern Africa and western Asia.
- The cultivar here is ‘Argentea’ from grid 5-B in our Boxwood Collection.
3) American Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
- The first ice hockey sticks were made from the dense wood of this small tree in the mid-19th century until the 1930s by the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia.
- Ostrya virginiana is native to eastern North America.
- The Arboretum has two trees in grids 19-3W and 24-4W.
4) Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
- The “woods” of golf (drivers, not Tiger’s) were typically made from this American member of the ebony family from which it inherits its extreme density.
- Persimmon is most common in the southeastern United States.
- In the Arboretum, they are in grids 12-1W and 12-2W, north of the Boyer Street parking lot.
5) Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
- Commonly called “rock” maple by those who value its hardness and smooth grain.
- This native of eastern North America provides wood for bowling alleys, bowling pins, basketball courts, and baseball bats.
- The Arboretum has several cultivars in various locations.
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