1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Yee-ha! (and tree ID)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bootlegger, Nov 20, 2009.

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

    Bootlegger New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    174
    Loc:
    Where the Bluegrass meets Hills
    Two large trees, one uprooted and headed toward the house with only one tree holding it back. Another giant, double trunk, half dead and leaning toward the house. Got 'em both dropped for $400 today. Otherwise, free wood!
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Since I know everyone likes to play Name That Species, here are some close ups. I know the big one for sure, and I know from the leaves the genus of the other. Enjoy.
    The "big" one.
    [​IMG]

    The "other" one.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,466
    Loc:
    Arrow Bridge,NY
    Last 2 R Ra Hed Maple! MMMMMMM HMMMMMMMMMM!!!
    Need closer pics of bark and grain of 1st tree to ID!!!!!!!!
  3. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,040
    Loc:
    Central PA
    I second the second ID - looks like red maple to me. The first one I am not sure about.
  4. Bootlegger

    Bootlegger New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    174
    Loc:
    Where the Bluegrass meets Hills
    The other pics didn't turn out, there is some huge shadow in the way. I'll get one of the big 'un tomorrow in the daylight after the monster goes away:

    [​IMG]
  5. Bootlegger

    Bootlegger New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    174
    Loc:
    Where the Bluegrass meets Hills
    I knew from the leaves it was Acer, and I do have lots of Acer rubrum. So its a "soft maple", does this mean it doesn't burn as well? Doesn't matter, I'll burn it.

    I figured the bigger tree would be harder to ID. I'll get some better closeups in the morning.
  6. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,115
    Loc:
    Emmaus, Pennsylvania
    Not sure on the first one-Oak, Hickory perhaps. But I'm pretty certain that the second one is Silver Maple. Post a picture of the first one when you get it split up...
  7. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,972
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    the frist one tulip or ash
  8. Hurricane

    Hurricane Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Messages:
    565
    Loc:
    Central NJ
    First one I go with ash, second I agree with Maple.
  9. Bootlegger

    Bootlegger New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    174
    Loc:
    Where the Bluegrass meets Hills
    Acer is correct for the second, though I don't know which one. Maple is prolific in my woods, though not long-lived. All the down trees are maple and poplar.

    But the big 'un is stumping y'all so far. It won't be split for a year, it will sit in log form on my pallet stack until next summer. That's wood for 2-3 years out.
    So here's some more pics, best I can do.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Another hint:
    It's the dominant species on my west facing knob, though a forester friend tells me its rare to find it as the dominant species. Its not rare as a species, just usually not the most numerous on a site.
  10. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Messages:
    2,026
    Loc:
    Western CT
    Chestnut Oak - more typical of a rocky forest/montainous area found often in conjunction with Hemlock [Oak-Hemlock forests are abundant enough int he northeast].
  11. gregp553

    gregp553 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    105
    Loc:
    SE Michigan
    Big one looks like the oak I'm splitting. Tree guy says there are 40 varieties of oak. What do i know? Does it smell? My whole yard smells from my oak splits. Other one is a maple.
  12. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Messages:
    3,765
    Loc:
    NNJ
    I second the chestnut oak. Should be beautiful wood if thats what it is. From a board perspective not firewood.
  13. Bootlegger

    Bootlegger New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    174
    Loc:
    Where the Bluegrass meets Hills
    We have a winner! They outnumber my white oaks 2:1, with a handful of red and a few black oaks. No hemlock though lots of sassafras, maple and poplar. and there use to be a lot of cherry and cedar but that was taken decades ago and only now starting to come back. Very little ash, I've found only one. The oak and hickory dominate.
  14. Bootlegger

    Bootlegger New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    174
    Loc:
    Where the Bluegrass meets Hills
    Do you think those trunks are big enough for saw logs? I have plenty of firewood, I could save the chestnut oak for the sawyer.

    [​IMG]
  15. FLINT

    FLINT Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    490
    Loc:
    Western VA Mtns.
    yeah, CT is right, your oak is definitely chestnut oak, for sure. Chestnut oak is a species of white oak, good wood. and yeah, that smaller one is a red maple.
  16. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Messages:
    3,765
    Loc:
    NNJ
    They are very small, but I am a carpenter and probably would make a few board.
  17. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,040
    Loc:
    Central PA
    Chestnut Oak is a dominant species here in central PA on dry, acid-soil ridgetops, which means most of the ridgetops. It has a thicker bark than some of the other oaks around here, but the wood seems just as dense. Red Maple will burn very nicely. It isn't as dense as Sugar maple, but still a nice firewood. It seasons a lot faster than oak or hard maple, so should be nice and dry by next year if you need it.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page