Young leaves coming out in the spring. Prickly Ash leaves come out later than most other shrubs in Ontario.
Nuts developing. When rubbed or crushed, they have a pleasant lemon-like scent.
Close-up of the nuts.
Clusters of ripe nuts on a Prickly Ash shrub, in late summer.
Winter twig, showing thorns. The thorns are opposite.
A closer picture of the thorns. They're wicked!
This early spring photo shows how Prickly Ash frequently grow in dense thickets which, due to the thorns, are almost impossible to penetrate. With care, and if you move slowly, you can get through. But moving quickly through such a grove can be painful!