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WTH kind is this

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by n3pro, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. n3pro

    n3pro Minister of Fire

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    I got to get rid of it, don't know how much I can use very twisted, knotty, and funky but really curious - never saw one like this. Trunk is only about 3 feet high, looks like 4 of the same trees together.

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Jap Maple
  3. Lynch

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    looks almost like a pot leaf
    lol
  4. kestrel

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    Sweet Gum?
  5. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    lol sould never forget how to id that one.
  6. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    That is a japanese maple. They are prety common ornamental trees and sometimes spread into the woods. That is about as big as they ever get. Probably not a lot of people have burned much Japanese Maple because they are usually small and all branch, no trunk.
  7. WoodpileOCD

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    Definitely NOT a sweet gum. They are an absolutely useless tree in my opinion and I know what they look like. They drop these infernal (*%^$$) balls every winter and are all but impossible to get out of the yard. The wood is impossible to split by hand and very tough even with a splitter... No love lost here between me and sweet gum trees in case I didn't make that clear.. :)
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    My guess is somebody tried to cut the bastige down when it was a single trunk and it sent up suckers that eventually formed one solid mass.

    Matt
  10. ChrisNJ

    ChrisNJ Feeling the Heat

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    LOL huge lack of landscapers here, that is positively a Japanese Maple.
  11. billb3

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    There's a lot of variation in japanese maple leaves, from single lobes that look just like beech to many lobed that look more like pot leaves.
    That tree has the spreading branches that is more characteristic of ornamental maple than sweet gum, although the leaves certainly do look like sweet gum.

    With that huge split in the center I'm surprised it has never suffered from ice or heavy snow damage.
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    :lol: somethings you never forget alright,no matter how many yrs its been
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    Bocefus78 Minister of Fire

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    Always amazes me when people plant trees directly under power lines.......

    If thats a Jap maple, its 2 things:

    1: The biggest one I've seen

    2: Worth a stack of $20 bills as tall as the tree if you can dig it up.


    My vote is sweet gum
  14. jlove1974

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    sweetgum is usually tall, straight with spindly limbs and few knots. This tree is none of those things, and looks like an ornamental. Jap Maple FTW
  15. jlove1974

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    also those power lines look more like low-running telephone and cable lines to me
  16. polaris

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    Agreed.(about the Japanese maple part) The Japanese maples I have planted out front cost several hundred $ each and after 10 years they are about 1/100 that size.
    Joe
  17. smokinj

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    I have seen people think that NOT The Case though....Sweet gum would have prickly balls all over that yard...Op Would not forget that..lol
  18. krex1010

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    Japanese maple, I have one in my front yard. Actually they burn pretty darn good, the wood is very dense and hard.
  19. jlove1974

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    Ya I have two silver maples and had one BIG jap maple, and it had nearly the height of the other two in twice the lifespan, but was twice as broad before it died
  20. ChillyGator

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    Jap maple....parents have one bigger than that in their front yard......maybe 35 years old.
  21. WoodpileOCD

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    I with jlove on this. He's from my neck of the woods and we have plenty of sweet gums and this one in the picture is an ain't.. I've got one in my back yard that is 4-5 feet across at the base. Biggest one I've ever seen and if it weren't my main shade tree, I'd have it gone. Well maybe not because it would cost a fortune but I wish it were gone.
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    I dunno about Sweet Gums or Jap Maples, but I can definitely tell you what that thing is in pic 5. Around here those don't grow on trees though.

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