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Ash seeds

Soil Type: Grows almost anywhere. Requires full-sun. Found native in moist bottom lands or along stream banks.

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Stratification Requirement: Seed requires 60 days warm stratification followed by 120 days cold moist stratification.

Germination Range: 60-80%

Ash seeds

Ash trees across Canada are threatened by the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle initially found in Ontario in 2002 that has since made its way to the Maritimes. The beetle's first incursion into New Brunswick was in Edmundston in 2018, and it was found in Oromocto last month.

National Tree Seed Centre in Fredericton hopes to offset damage caused by emerald ash borer

Donnie McPhee, co-ordinator for the centre, said 2019 will be an important year for ash tree seed collection.

The tree seed centre is part of the Atlantic Forestry Centre of Natural Resources Canada in Fredericton. It serves as a seed bank for all tree species across the country.