Found this delicate little plant in the North end of Fairmount Park, with many delicate veins and a reddish shine. The entire plant looks quite fragile with a thin stem. It looks a bit like a weed to me, like morning glory, but might be something else as it grows higher away from the ground.
After some online research, I found, it is not a young bitter cherry, wish I thought first, but could be a white ash (Fraxinus americana). I learnt that the name 'ash' comes from the greyish underside of the leaves. Sometimes reaches 100 feet in height. The bark has diamond-shaped furrows and interlacing ridges. White ash is on of the most used trees, loved for it's color and density, for baseball bats, furniture, floors, interior wood, lobster traps, bows and lots more.
White ash has opposing branches, opposing veins,
More details on ash on the tree doctor site and more to learn on the arborday website.
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