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webbtoyota

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1004 days ago

Had this tree go down in the backyard, not sure what type. It’s 12-14” in dia, maybe 40-50 ft tall. Can you guys help me out with this one? I’m sure it’s going to be something pretty obvious but I’m not all that great at identifying trees so I’m in the learning process. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The pics below are of one of the limbs that I cutoff.


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#1 posted 1004 days ago

Hmmm, kinda looks like Ash,
would need leaf pic’s

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 1004 days ago

Based solely on the bark I would say a young Beech tree … but yes we need leaf picts. :)

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#3 posted 1004 days ago

Where do you live, a closer shot of the bark would help too.

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rance

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#4 posted 1004 days ago

I’ll bet ya a dollar that its one of those there ‘wooden’ trees.

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#5 posted 1004 days ago

Rance you are wise beyond your years!

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#6 posted 1004 days ago

I’ll try and get better pics up tomorrow. And the area is southern New Hampshire.

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#7 posted 1004 days ago

Is there a decent book out there that would be a good reference to have?

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#8 posted 1004 days ago

http://forestry.about.com/od/treeidentification/tp/treekeyid_start.htm

I have recently been taking tree identification seriously and found that link to be helpful identifying trees by their leaves. I have come across other reference sites but generally the layout and over abundance of information makes it terribly difficult to make any sense of what you are looking at. I have a good variety of trees right in my back yard and have probably identified maybe half of the different species there. Some are pretty obvious like long leaf pine, red maple, and live oak are very abundant in this region. Others I simply had no clue about. For instance I found that a large number of small trees are black cherry. I have been living here several years now and I still find out new things about the things living in my back yard. Sometimes you need to know more than just the leaves or the bark to really narrow down what it is you are looking at. One of the things noted about the black cherry tree is the leaves contain a good amount of cyanide which is very noticeable if you break open a leaf. That along with other clues confirmed what I have is in fact black cherry.

If anyone else knows of a good interactive tree identification web page that has more than the 50 common species listed in the link above, I would be very grateful to learn about it. A picture of the leaves and perhaps a description of the size and shape of the tree should help you figure out exactly what you have. Good luck!

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#9 posted 1004 days ago

first thought was beech but tough to say.

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#10 posted 1004 days ago

~ WrathOfSocrus ~ I give this one out all the time. It does not have pictures, but it has amazing, concise info about the whole tree

USDA Forest Service ... Funny that a website about Fire Effects on trees give some of the best raw information .. sad that there are those in the government (Monsanto minions) which want to abolish this government service as well. They think it is a waste of money.. and yet California and other states get decimated by fires every year, what they really think is that the USDA (like the EPA) limits agricultural abuse and Monsanto hates anything that limits their money making bio-engineering crops… an evil company entrenched in our government FDA and other important places which keep us safe. YEP get educated my peeps.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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EPJartisan

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#11 posted 1004 days ago

Also if you have a phone with Apps.. the Audubon Society has a great identification app for trees, animals, etc.. great app, but expensive.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#12 posted 1002 days ago

What are you thinking about doing with the tree…once you have it identified? I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of making stuff out of neighborhood trees (trees that are already down of course), but most people tell me don’t bother because you never know how much metal is hidden deep into the growth rings (from nails, staples, etc). Not sure how good the detectors are for spotting stuff like that.

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WDHLT15

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#13 posted 1002 days ago

Looks like basswood to me. It is not ash. If it was ash, the limbs and twigs will be arranged in pairs or opposite of each other.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#14 posted 1001 days ago

I was just walking outside and came across a young Sycamore, the branches looked similar to this.. hmmm …any pictures of the bole?

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 1000 days ago

The bark on a sycamore with a branch this size would be white. Ia a leaf available or a picture of a twig with a bud on it?

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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