Got given this tree growing in a paint can in my local a few years ago (really not that many.) Don't ask why … (the Pub's a bit weird.) I like trees but I'm no expert, and I'm told this is a 'Mountain Ash,' … what I do know is it's growing like the clappers. It was about the size of a knackered dandelion when I planted it in the garden !! Now it wants to take over a Galaxy (Far Far away.)
Both versions occur but cherry is the older version. The whole story was invented by Mason Locke Weems in A History of the Life and Death, Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington written about 100 years after the supposed event.
I found this pix of my 'Ash' tree (shown above) just after I'd planted it after staggering home from the pub on a Saturday afternoon in the summer of 2013. Like the Oak tree in the corner it's racing away and reaching for the sky. (I've Googled a bit and yes, I think it is an Ash tree as Withnail said.)
My neighbour on the other side of that fence has got a sort of palm tree type thing which is quite high, but doesn't seem to grow much. This tree will overtake it within a year a two I suspect, which might cause him some disturbance as it will shade his garden (it's facing south.)
Bloody trees … who'd have thought they were so complicated ?