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hickory or walnut

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ash bucket, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. ash bucket

    ash bucket New Member

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    Probably an easy question for most but since I can't ID trees very well, here goes:

    What the easiest ways to tell hickory and walnut apart? I have access to some land to cut firewood and the only stipulation the landowner has is to take all the hickory I want but leave the walnuts. So, standing, how can I tell them apart? Pictures of leaves of each or standing trees helpful. thanks!

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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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  3. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    A real quick method if you can find a twig - walnut twigs have a 'chambered pith' - in other words, the center of the twig has a series of small chambers separated by thin walls. You can find a good image of this on the web. Hickory twigs are not chambered. Cheers!
  4. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I would learn to tell the bark apart. Apart from Black Hickory, they are pretty dis-similar and should be an easy ID. Walnuts are already dropping leaves around here. Bark is best if you can, because leaves aren't much help if you cut in the winter.

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