Minnesota has the third largest population of Ash trees in the country. In urban areas, the Ash tree became the predominant “replacement” tree when trees were lost to Dutch elm disease. The Ash tree is also vital to many natural areas throughout the state.
In Edina, the Ash population is estimated at 50,000. The most valuable Ash trees (based on size, health, location and landscape importance) are primarily situated on residential lots, some parkland and a few boulevard areas throughout the City. An outbreak could greatly affect the City’s tree population.