Deciduous hardwood. Straight trunk up to 60cm diameter. Bark light grey with furrowed pattern. Twigs stout. Leaves opposite & stalked with compound leaves -usually 7 leaflets on each leaf. Has winged seeds.
A tough strong yet pliable wood, used by aborginal peoples for fish spears, canoes, snow shoes and baskets. Used for sporting goods today. Wildlife use: bud, leaf, seed, sap, bark, twigs eaten by mammals and birds.
Photo credit: E.S. Shipp, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=fram2_009_avp.tif