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Monte Pittman

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07-04-2014 12:48 AM

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I was cutting trees in north central Nebraska today. Ran across a tree that we couldn’t identify. I could not get very close to the leaves, but zoomed in as much as I could.

The bark ran up the trunk is a spiral pattern.

Here is a picture of the tree from a distance.

The trees in the area that it didn’t match were elm, boxelder, maple, red cedar and cottonwood. It was the only one of it’s kind, so we didn’t cut it. But if it’s something cool, I may ask permission to cut it anyway.

Suggestions appreciated.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 01:00 AM

I’M no expert but i’d say locust

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 01:05 AM

Is it possibly ash?

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 01:08 AM

Black locust. I’ve recently cut a bunch of it.

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 01:10 AM

I have cut a fair amount of ash, I am sure it’s not ash.

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 01:11 AM

Damn, these guys are fast. I was gonna say Locust, probably black. Look for thorns at branch junctions. This is a mean one to handle but the wood is great. Gotta work it green. When dry it is a really hard wood.

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 01:11 AM

Black locust. Bark looks right.

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 01:31 AM

Looks like locust to me, I cut one recently, boards are medium brown with black streaks, very pretty. Supposed to be extremely rot resistant and hard to work when dry.

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#8 posted 07-04-2014 01:42 AM

The bark looks like our black locust but the leaves on ours look smaller (but arranged like yours).

Nebraska? How far away is Nebraska?

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 01:43 AM

300 miles one way

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#10 posted 07-04-2014 01:49 AM

Wow! That’s way more driving than I could stand. But the scenery was worth it. NOT!

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 01:55 AM

Locust. I have a whole woods full of it. Makes very good fence post and very hard when dry, It will ruin a chain saw blade.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 01:58 AM

Black locust. Honey Locust will have huge thorns.
Super hard when dry. Hard to drive a nail without predrilling.

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 02:15 AM

Black locust for sure. It’ll have white flowers with a yellow dot, in the Spring (first to flower in IL) Honey locust will have thorns as said. It’ll also have flat pods, 6-8” long that’ll drop in Fall and early Winter. Whitetail deer will eat the pods for a Winter food source. This is why you’ll find a lot of shed deer horns by them. Honey locust will have a smaller yellow flower in the Spring.

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#14 posted 07-04-2014 02:40 AM

Black locust. once they are seasoned fence post and grape post in vineyards will last for years. They have special staple to use because it is do hard to drive them in. I built a pole barn using black locust poles. It was on grvel ground and the poles 30 years later are as solid as they were when I put them in. Once the wood is seasoned you have to predrill to get a nail into them even hardened pole barn nails. If you use the wood for fire wood you may need to mix it in with some soft wood when using it in a steel wood stove or furnace. It will burn hotter than seasoned oak or hickory.

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#15 posted 07-04-2014 03:11 AM

Hard to see clearly the leave patterns. Appears to match locust and Walnut Bark looks similar to Butternut in Walnut family (Bark Light Grey w/long flat ridges, likes sun and drainage.

Bark as shown is not as described or pictured for Black locust. Bark described as , darn brown and smooth in texture. Doesn’t like shade, medium hieght tree. Thorns are in pairs. Probably not found alone as roots are manner of extending itself.

Honey locust, single trunk, opened broad and as a tree sometimes flat topped. No thorns in some species but large thorns on trunk in others.

My vote is leaving it if it looks healthy Monte.

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