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Tree ID

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Wilhelm911, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Wilhelm911

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    Hey guys, I'm a newbie - still not sure on many tree IDs. I can tell you it's in eastern PA, has been cut and laying a year, it's heavy and there's a lot of it! That's about it. Can ya help me out?
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  2. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Ash
  3. BEConklin

    BEConklin Feeling the Heat

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    It looks like purple heartwood...and slow growing. I've seen lilac looking like that - but not with rounds that big. I dunno
  4. midwestcoast

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    Going out on a limb ;) and saying Mulberry.
    Give us a pic of a split piece or 3 to see the un-weathered heart wood.
  5. BEConklin

    BEConklin Feeling the Heat

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    Whatever it is - if it's as dense, colorful and nicely grained as it looks in those pics, I bet a bowl turner would love to try some of it.
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    basod Minister of Fire

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    Sweetgum
    Split a piece and we'll know for sure ;)
  7. ScotO

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    be a bit easier to tell what it is if you take a close up pic of a split or two. I'm torn between elm and mulberry......
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  8. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Uh-oh, now I see a sharp little nub on the middle round, where the bark is torn off that says Elm. For the record, I'm not rescinding my original guess of Mulberry, just adding Elm too. Doubled my chances just like Scotty ;lol
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  9. ScotO

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    I was leaning towards the elm from the get-go (I've got elm on my neighbors farm that has some dark heartwood like that). But, It kinda resembles 'berry too......
  10. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    If it's elm that could explain why there's no pic of a split! ;lol
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  11. blujacket

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    I thought Mulberry too, but I don't see the white Cambium in those pics that would tell me it's that.
  12. Jon1270

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    Looks like walnut to me.
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  13. Wilhelm911

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    I think youve got it Jon1270. I'm suspecting a type of walnut. Splits fairly easy. It's not as dramatically dark in the center as what I'm used to seeing, however. It's almost got a green tint to it. Here is a split picture, this particular piece really reminded me of walnut. I will get some more split pictures tomorrow and post them up.


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  14. red oak

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    My first thought was elm, but after seeing the split, and hearing that it split easy, I agree it looks like some type of walnut.
  15. Jon1270

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    English walnut? Was it a yard tree or out in the woods?
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    +2 walnut
  17. Wilhelm911

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    It was in the woods.
  18. Jon1270

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    Oh well, there goes that hypothesis. I still think it's a walnut of some variety.
  19. midwestcoast

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    Alas, Walnut. Should be decent wood for you & looks to be splitting nice!
  20. Thistle

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    Black Walnut. It can vary between chocolate/purplish brown (mostly here in upper Midwest),greyish-brown,even sometimes a tinge of reddish,all depending on tree location,condition,size,soil type,moisture amount of region,growth rates etc.

    Even unsplit rounds laying a year or two on the ground will have that olive greenish brown tint same as green/fresh cut.
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    that tree would have made astoundingly beautiful boards....

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