!potatoes! I’m really appreciating your insight. I need ALL the help I can get.
Could we try again/some more? I took more pictures and counted the leaflets..... also, I had a thought — what if it’s a Pecan-hickory cross? Would the alternating nodes and number of leaflets still be significant factors, or is Ash still the most likely ID?
First of all, there IS an Ash tree on my property. The one the developers planted in the curbside strip next to the driveway. I always thought it was a “Green” Ash, but now I’m not so sure. Its leaves have 5 leaflets.
I had thought that if the mystery trees are Ash, then they would have derived from the tree by the driveway, but the Tree#1 with opposite branching/nodes has 7 leaflets:
Tree#2 has alternate branching/nodes and has 11 leaflets:
Tree#3 in the backyard, which I originally thought looks “exactly” like Tree#1 in the frontyard, has opposite branching/nodes and 13 leaflets.... which if this is an Ash might mean it’s an European Ash (?) and definitely need to be culled as a non-native tree.