MANNA OR FLOWERING ASH (Fraxinus ornus) grows to a height of 8-20 metres (26.2-65.6 feet) in the wild in central and southern Europe, and occurs mainly in woodland and thickets. It has a rounded crown. It is easily recognised by its conical heads of white flowers, appearing when the leaves are still small. A sweet gum called ‘manna’ is exuded from the branches and is used in folk medicine.
Trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean by Helge Vedel, translated from the Danish by Aubrey Rush (Penguin Guides, 1978), p94.