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Help with Tree ID!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by cocey2002, Nov 6, 2008.

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  1. cocey2002

    cocey2002 Member

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    I think it is possibly a Birch tree. Leaves are all off so I didn't get to see one of those. It's growing in my swampy woods. Any help appreciated.

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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Birch!
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    birch
  4. cocey2002

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    Any particular type of Birch?
  5. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Possibly a young Black Birch or "Cherry" Birch as we call it.
  6. cocey2002

    cocey2002 Member

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    Awesome- Thanks
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Break off a twig and scratch through the bark with your fingernail. If it smells like rootbeer and wintergreen, then it's black birch. If not, maybe grey birch.
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    CowboyAndy New Member

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    It looks more like grey to me, usually pretty similar to young sugar maple. When I first started cutting wood and leaerning about trees I would confuse the 2 all the time.
  9. cocey2002

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    I do smell a faint wintergreen scent.

    Eitherway I guess it is good firewood to mix in with oak.
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    Corey Minister of Fire

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    If it's black birch, could be as good or better than oak! Gray birch - not so much, but it would still burn!

    Black Birch 27 MBTU/cord
    Gray Birch 20 MBTU/cord

    White Oak 26 MBTU/cord
    Red Oak 24 MBTU/cord
  11. cocey2002

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    Here is another pic of the same type of birch 10 ft away. Maybe a better indicator of black or gray?

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  12. PA. Woodsman

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    I'm still thinking Black Birch...like I said also known as "Cherry" or "Sweet" Birch. Like Adios said you'll notice a terrific "wintergreen" aroma to it, and it's a fairly common Pennsylvania tree. Very good fuelwood; I also like it for kindling as it ignites easily-good stuff!
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    It's Black Birch, Betula lenta, no doubt. Gray Birch, Betula populifolia, doesn't get that big. Gray birch also doesn't have those horizontal ridges that are typical of black birch. Black Birch makes excellent firewood. It dries vary fast, and burns incredibly well. It's my favorite firewood!

    Josh
  14. cocey2002

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    Thats great news- thanks guys!
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