Is This Maple?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Mass. Wine Guy, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Mass. Wine Guy

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    I'm awful at identifying trees. I've been cutting this wood from a downed tree. Is it Maple? I'm in Massachusetts.

    Thank you very much.

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    looks like hickory bark, or maybe even tree of heaven. A photo showinging end grain and view of the wood, not just bark would be alot more helpful in trying to make an ID.
     
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    looks a bit like the pin oak I planted outside my kitchen window (it's not missing )

    burlap under that
     
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    Almost looks like a red oak or pin oak bark......need to see a split.
     
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    With only the bark, it looks like tulip poplar to me. Was it a very tall straight tree?
     
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    Another vote for hickory & request for end-grain shot. Pics of splits often help too.
     
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    might be silver maple
     
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    Swamp Ash! Oh damn, that was another thread...
     
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    Here's a shot of a split piece. The actual color is much lighter than in the photo. Not anywhere near as brown.

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    Can you get any close??? Really your photos do not need to be so close to ID. There are many charactheristics to wood that your close-ups leave out.
     
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    Better lighting would help, too.

    The size of the rays looks about right for maple, but the color is off and I can't tell whether that's the wood or the pic.
     
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    That don't look like maple to me. The color of the wood and the grain aren't right.......I'm thinking maybe tree of hell (ailanthus)

    If you burn it and it smells like chit, that's what it is.
     
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    The bark is a dead ringer for some of the Tree of Heaven images I'm seeing on Google.
     
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    Tree of Heaven?
     
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    You hit it Northeast.....swamp ash.
     
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