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Birch? Tree Indentification....

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by chvymn99, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    I think its a birch, but not for sure. My search is calling it a Whitebarked Himalayan Birch. Is it worth my time to get this wood for Firewood?



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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Looks to me like a plain ordinary popple.
  3. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    +1 - looks like big tooth aspen to me. Cheers!
  4. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Ok, so I assume that it will burn. Just not a real good score, then.
  5. wishlist

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    I agree, popple. Stuff grows real fast and of course burns the same way!
  6. bogydave

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    We call that "aspen " here ;)
    Low BTU, good shoulder season wood.
    Dries fast, splits easy green.

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  7. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Just was easy access if it was good wood. I was hoping for some of that Birch that I hear is pretty darn good wood, but I guess I'll go grab the small Mulberry that cut down. Thank you for all of the information.
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    According to google this is a tulip poplar aka popple tree leaf. That bark looks nothing like the poplar trees on my property.
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    Hehheh . . . my thoughts exactly when I saw this. White-barked Himalayan Birch certainly makes it sound much better though. :)
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  10. Bacffin

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    I think the leaves of birches are slender and only 3-5 inches long.
  11. WoodPorn

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    Aspen...
  12. Brewmonster

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    I'm sorry, but I don't know what you guys mean by "popple." Populus grandidentata? P. alba?
  13. WoodPorn

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    Poplar - LiriodendronTulipifera
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    Theres several species if poplar, this one isnt tulip, the above is Foliage of Populus tremula

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    Seriously? Popple=tuliptree?
    We got a serious common-name confusion clusterfart going on here.
  16. MarkinNC

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    I think you solved it. That is not the poplar tree we have down here. Here is a wiki link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populus_tremuloides

    Populus tremuloides is a deciduous tree native to cooler areas of North America, one of several species referred to by the common name Aspen. It is commonly called quaking aspen, trembling aspen, American aspen, Quakies, mountain or golden aspen, trembling poplar, white poplar, popple, and even more names.
  17. Brewmonster

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    P. tremula is an Old-World species; P. tremuloides is New World. Similar but not the same.

    Please chime in here, Dennis. When you say popple, is that the same as bigtooth aspen?
  18. woodchip

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    What we call white poplar here is Populus alba. It has a distinctive diamond marking on the trunk, grows well in damp places, the wood is wet and sort of stringy when first cut, and it's nothing like the tree above.
    It dries out quite quickly, but after the sap has gone, there isn't really much solid wood. I cut one last year, and having just started burning it I reckon the heat value of the wood is only slightly more than the fuel used in the chainsaw bringing it down. One to avoid in future......... ;)
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    The original tree in this thread is a Bigtooth Aspen, Populus grandidentata. This tree is similar to Quaking Aspen, Populus tremuloides. Both grow in much of the northeast and midwestern US and canada, and Quaking Aspen grows all over the west. This is what people call "popple" although I never heard that before I got on this forum. The White Poplar (Populus alba) that grows in Europe is related to Bigtooth Aspen and Quaking Aspen.

    Tulip Poplar is not related to the aspens. Around here it is always called "Tulip Tree" but I know Tulip Poplar is a very common name too.
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    This pretty much nails it . . . around here folks use aspen and poplar or popple interchangeably . . . whether it's quaking or big tooth aspen. Never seen any tulip poplar around here.
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    Yes, that leaf is from tulip poplar which is also known as yellow poplar.
  22. Backwoods Savage

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    In many areas (perhaps most) popple is the name we use for poplar or aspen trees. Just a bit of slang.
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  23. Backwoods Savage

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    Yuppers.
  24. PapaDave

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    I just cut up a bunch of "popple" and stacked about a "face cord" of it.==c
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  25. WoodPorn

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    Yup...Popple=Poplar=Tuliptree=aspen....Seriously

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