Wood Id please

bsa0021 Posted By bsa0021, Mar 25, 2009 at 2:38 AM

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  1. bsa0021

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    I cut up this fallen tree in my yard yesterday and it was the most unusual wood I've seen. When first split, the inside
    color varies from white, redish to brown in the center. splitting was tough even w/a gas splitter....very stringy. After sitting in the sun
    the wood inside turned more consistent in color (whitish/brown).
    I don't remember what the leaves look like, but the tree had a white fluffy hanging growth. almost like cotton.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. jpl1nh

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    Looks a lot like poplar but that whouldn't be hard to split.
     
  3. struggle

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    sure looks like cottonwood to me. Did the fluffy stuff blow all over off the tree that was like cotton. If so then cottonwood.
     
  4. fugazi42

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    Yup- I think that's Cottonwood, Populus deltoides. I usually use the bark to ID cottonwood. There is a big difference between deeply rutted bark on the larger sections, and the smooth, often lighter color bark on the smaller wood. You can see the difference clearly in pic #2. Here's some more information on cottonwood http://www.cirrusimage.com/tree_cottonwood.htm

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  5. RAY_PA

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    no doubt, cottonwood...it will burn hot and FAST
     
  6. smokinj

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    same here cottonwood
     
  7. Corey

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    Yep - based on your description and pics, I'd go with cottonwood as well. Once that stuff dries out, cover your pile up, or the logs might blow away in a strong wind :)
     
  8. bsa0021

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    Thanks! That makes sense since the white stuff looked like cotton. I didn't think cottonwood would be that knarly to split being a softwood. It also smells like manure after splitting.
     
  9. smokinj

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    Thats cottonwood smells like crap
     
  10. struggle

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    I have split long dead standing cottonwood out where I get wood from and the stuff that has been standing a for a long time with no bark on it is absolutely terribly tough to split with a log splitter.
     
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