peeing tree ID

Constrictor Posted By Constrictor, Jan 14, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Constrictor

    Constrictor
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 9, 2008
    168
    24
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    Ok we cut down a 30" Diameter tree last weekend and having trouble identifying it. I do not have a picture, but its pretty, light white wood with a slight pink/carmel center and the tree peed out water like nobodys business when we cut it. Even the limbs did this. My first thought is elm ive heard about its high water content, but i also heard it splits terrible and this stuff splits nice with no stringys. A guy at work told me that he thinks its soft maple? What kind of tree would literally pour water out when cut?
     
  2. Duetech

    Duetech
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Sep 15, 2008
    1,436
    2
    Loc:
    S/W MI
    I have seen soft maple weep even a couple of weeks after it was cut but the wood is not what I would call light when fresh cut or even after it has set for a couple of months. What does the bark and branches look like?
     
  3. Constrictor

    Constrictor
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 9, 2008
    168
    24
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    I didnt mean light in weight but lite in color.
     
  4. smokinj

    smokinj
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 11, 2008
    15,981
    1,412
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    I have never seen soft maple do that! I cut more than 30 cords of soft maple this season
     
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 14, 2007
    27,815
    7,368
    Loc:
    Michigan
    The only time soft maple will do that is if you cut it during spring.

    Without pictures, can you describe the bark? Too bad you can't even show a picture of a tree like it as many times you can tell what type of tree it is just by the shape of it. Naturally, there aren't going to be many leaves right now. lol


    btw, you will occasionally (very occasionally) find an elm that will split very nicely, so it could be elm.
     
  6. GaryS

    GaryS
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 21, 2008
    80
    0
    Loc:
    Central MO
    My dad sometimes referred to a tree called "piss elm" (pronounced elem). Maybe that's what he was referring to. What part of the country are you in?
     
  7. Wet1

    Wet1
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Apr 27, 2008
    2,529
    9
    Loc:
    USA
    I cut some black walnut a few weeks ago that poured water out like that, I had never seen it coming pouring out like that before!
     
  8. struggle

    struggle
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 24, 2006
    727
    0
    Loc:
    NW Iowa
    I have seen elm do this first hand and when wet is the color you mention.

    Have you tried to split any of it yet. You will know then if it is elm if very stringy and you curse a lot while splitting it.
     
  9. Duetech

    Duetech
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Sep 15, 2008
    1,436
    2
    Loc:
    S/W MI
    smokinj: Mostly in the spring like Backwoods Savage says. I have seen the sugar maples leak water for some time in the fall too like bondo commented.

    Constrictor: I was wondering since it is light in color if it might be some type of willow but I though they were more brown at heart.
     
  10. the_dude

    the_dude
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 26, 2008
    298
    0
    Loc:
    Southern WI
    My best guess without a picture would be cottonwood. Seems to fit. Cottonwood retains a bunch of moisture, usually has the pinkish center along with occasional pink streaks, has light colored sapwood, and splits fairly easily. I have witnessed water spraying out when splitting.
     
  11. Todd

    Todd
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 19, 2005
    9,229
    346
    Loc:
    Lake Wissota
    Boxelder has a very white wood with red or pink streaks. It will also leave it's seeds hanging on the tree all winter. But don't think they grow that big?
     
  12. Constrictor

    Constrictor
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 9, 2008
    168
    24
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    Ok i found some pictures the wood split fairly easy and not stringy at all.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. struggle

    struggle
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 24, 2006
    727
    0
    Loc:
    NW Iowa
    YOur first picture the bark sure looks like a maple of some sort. Way to straight grain to be elm.
     
  14. the_dude

    the_dude
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 26, 2008
    298
    0
    Loc:
    Southern WI
    After seeing the pictures, I can tell you that it is not cottonwood, as I previously guessed. I'm not sure what it is.
     
  15. Jags

    Jags
    Moderate Moderator 2.
    NULL
    
    Staff Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    17,366
    5,999
    Loc:
    Northern IL
    Boxelder?? That would be my guess.
     
  16. Constrictor

    Constrictor
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 9, 2008
    168
    24
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    looks like i really stumped you guys. The guy at work as an absolute expert on kiln dried wood ( we work at a cabinet shop) so i trust him pretty well but another buddy of mine thinks its a piss elm.
     
  17. JustWood

    JustWood
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 14, 2007
    3,596
    505
    Loc:
    Arrow Bridge,NY
    Wormy soft maple.
     
  18. Constrictor

    Constrictor
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 9, 2008
    168
    24
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    wormy? is that a species or a condition? is it gonna be good wood?
     
  19. JustWood

    JustWood
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 14, 2007
    3,596
    505
    Loc:
    Arrow Bridge,NY
    Condition. Its caused by a combinatin of worms and minerals in the ground water. It usually occurs around wet areas, swamps or river bottoms. Its a medium BTU hardwood. Burn it.
     
  20. Constrictor

    Constrictor
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 9, 2008
    168
    24
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    The tree was in perfect condition when we sawed it down and ive not seen any worm holes, maybe i don t know what to look for?
     
  21. webby3650

    webby3650
    Master of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Sep 2, 2008
    6,503
    1,537
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Silver Maple, Definitely not sugar maple for it is very heavy when it's cut. Nice to see you again Lees Wood Co.
     
  22. hensonconst1

    hensonconst1
    Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 10, 2009
    59
    0
    Loc:
    Western KY
    I understand wanting to know what kind of tree died, but when it really comes down to it what matters. BURN IT
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page