Fraxinus velutina (velvety) is the only Ash found in the west. It grows in a thin band from southern California to British Columbia, Canada in lower elevations. Oregon Ash is the most valuable hardwood on the West Coast. It is slightly less dense than its Eastern counterpart but is still dense and durable. Selected logs have purple streaked hearts creating stunning visual effects. Uses include: cabinets, furniture, boxes, flooring, and high end articles.