Dead standing tree id

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New Member
Nov 20, 2021
Wondering if anyone can Id this tree. I think ash or elm.
It has been dead standing for some time and is missing lots of bark. Seems super dry could it be too dry?
I can take it down and burn it or is it not worth the trouble.. could it be too dry



Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
Long Island NY
No such thing as too dry.

Be careful for falling branches when you take it down.
A bore cut first to see if it's rotten inside?

Bark looks like ash time but I don't know elm.


Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
Marshall NC
Could be ash. I cut down a dead standing ash and ir was 27 percent moisture, nearly ready to burn.


Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
Eastern Ontario
Likes like Elm to me
Take it down buck it and split a peace
you will know for sure what it is
If it is Ash it will split (in most cases) easily straight grain
If it is American Elm when it splits it looks like a bad hair day
Hope you have a splitter or lots of wedges and time


Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
Marshall NC
I love to work with ash. Easy to split, and it is pretty firewood. Unfortunately, only hat a dozen ash trees on my 48 acres and now they are all dead.


Feeling the Heat
Aug 25, 2022
Hard to tell. I have at least 5 dead standing ash trees standing in my 'Swamp'. Some of those will be designate to be CSS next year.


New Member
Mar 28, 2022
Cut a thick branch and look at the concentric rings. Elm the growth rings will look wavy, like a colidascope look. Atleast elm here in NC.


Dec 16, 2022
Elm all the way. The long trunk and top branches give it away plus you are in Ontario where I used to live and this is a classic Dutch Elm disease example. Great wood to cut and will be hot burning. Just get your splitter ready as although it will be less stringy than wet elm, your maul may bounce off the big pieces.


Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
SW Ohio
Look at branching habit (opposite v. alternate):
If not opposite, then it can't be ash.
Tough to definitively tell from pics but first impression looks like American elm from its form, and bark (from what I can make out).
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Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
Southern IN
Not sure what it is but as Cincy said, form doesn't look like the White Ash we have here.
But that one next to it appears to be a Bodark, dark master of BTU output. I'd probably end up just admiring it, as they rarely die, and I don't cut a live tree unless it has suffered a mortal injury.