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settle an argument

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Rick1965, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Rick1965

    Rick1965 New Member

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    Wonder if you guys could settle this, my father has a tamarack in his yard and he says its also called eastern hemlock. Now neither one of us is a tree expert, I can id maples ,oaks pine spruce etc. But heis quite sure he's right, but all the searching I've done says he's wrong.

    We live in Nova Scotia by the way. I need some help id'ing a tree in my yard it has some nasty thorns( 1/4 to 1/2 inch long) red berries and has leaves not needles, haven't got any pics yet.

    You guys rock! picked up so much info here its crazy, and thanks for the new addiction put a regency i2400 in this fall and bought 2 cords of decent wood.But now I see firewood everywhere! I have a good supply of pallets from work (heat treated one only). I also have been cruising around the area on garbage day looking for wood people are throwing out.

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  2. tcassavaugh

    tcassavaugh Minister of Fire

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  3. Rick1965

    Rick1965 New Member

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    cass got a couple of hollies in the yard ,but the tree in question drops its leaves.
  4. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Eastern Hemlock and Tamarack are two different tree species . . . Hemlock has small,flat needles (think fir) vs. tamarack which has needle "tufts". . . also typically hemlock retains most of their needles while the tamarack loses its needles in the Fall. If you posted a pic we could quickly confirm what tree your father has.

    Here in Maine most folks also know tamarack as hackmatack or juniper . . . even though the only true "juniper" is ground juniper which is more like a low growing bush.

    As for the other tree . . . I'm guessing it's a hawthorn based on your description of the thorns and berries.
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  5. firefighterjake

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  6. Rick1965

    Rick1965 New Member

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    firefighter you hit the nail right on the head, 99% sure its a hawthorn, and 100% on the others Thanks!
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum by the way.
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I never have liked arguments. On this one, you might just chalk it up to a regional thing. There are many times when in certain regions folks have always called certain trees one thing but technically there are different. Certainly not enough to make for an argument. I'd probably just say, okay and then drop it like a hot potato.
  9. Gasifier

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    ;lol That is right Sav! I have never liked arguements either. Just like verticle splitting is the only way. Now drop the subject. :mad: See. There is no arguement. ;lol
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    No gas, that is not argument. It is called education. ;lol
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  11. rasp21

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    Rick out here in Wa. State,, tamarack is also called western larch.. I think you guys call it hackmatak, could be wrong on that.. Tamarack out here is one of the best firewood we can get. My wood lot doesn't have any, just pine and fir, but I collect all the tamarack that I can find.. If it losses its needles in winter, it is most lickely a tam..
  12. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Ya, try telling your wife "we ain't arguing, I'm just trying to educate you"

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