the Epimeliads or Epimelides are nymphs who are protectors of apple trees. However, the word for “apple” (μηλον) in ancient Greek texts is also the word for “sheep”. This translation gives Epimeliads as protectors of sheep and goats. Their hair was white, like apple blossoms or undyed wool. Like other dryads, they can shapeshift from tree to human.
Greek mythology: nymphs of the ash tree, whose name they shared. They appeared from the drops of blood spilled when Kronos castrated Ouranos, according to Hesiod, Theogony 187. From the same blood sprang the Erinyes, suggesting that the ash-tree nymphs represented the Fates in a milder guise.