Help with tree ID..shaggy bark

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sportbikerider78

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Jun 23, 2014
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Syracuse, NY
No leaves or splits to show off,,but if you can ID and its good wood, I can show splits as early as next weekend. :)

Very shaggy bark,,that is why I'm curious what it is.

Thanks!

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weatherguy

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Feb 20, 2009
5,721
Central Mass
It's better than oak and maple, nice score
 

Old puffer

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Jan 26, 2016
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Wellsboro, PA
I wonder if this is in the same family as a shag bark hickory?
 

English BoB

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Nov 20, 2014
599
Brunswick NY
Here it goes like weeds, but thats the biggest ive ever seen. Serious btus in that weed.

bob
 

AmbDrvr253

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Aug 4, 2015
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Northeast PA
Ive NEVER seen hornbeam that large. Could be hickory or silver maple tho.
 

weatherguy

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Feb 20, 2009
5,721
Central Mass
Every shagbark hickory I've seen is basically straight up like a telephone pole with branches off the main trunk. I assumed it's ironwood but possible to be silver maple.
 

Jon_E

Burning Hunk
Feb 24, 2014
135
SW VT
That is without a doubt, hop hornbeam. The growth pattern also gives it away if the bark wasn't so obvious. That's a big one too. Most of the ones in my woods don't get much over 4-6" diameter before they die. One of the best firewood species in the northeast USA.


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baseroom

Feeling the Heat
Nov 18, 2014
413
Rochester
Ironwood.....and that's the biggest I've ever seen! Burns like coal!
 

sportbikerider78

Minister of Fire
Jun 23, 2014
2,487
Syracuse, NY
Nice. I'm going to admire for another week and split it up. It is tucked away in the woods and I'll never know if it is there or gone.

Thoughts on drying time?

Thanks guys.
 

D8Chumley

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Jun 25, 2013
1,817
Collegeville PA
Sweeps rates ironwood #2 only behind Osage. I've never seen one, cool looking tree
 

English BoB

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Nov 20, 2014
599
Brunswick NY
Every shagbark hickory I've seen is basically straight up like a telephone pole with branches off the main trunk. I assumed it's ironwood but possible to be silver maple.
X2 Just cut one down - straight as an arrow.

bob
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
2,625
Eastern Ontario
Iron Wood for sure very hot and lasts a long time
We have them that big and bigger here . I only take
them after they die. Make sure you have a very sharp chain
and a strong back. The one in the picture is an old tree very
slow growing. Takes about as long to dry as Sugar Maple
 
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bfitz3

Feeling the Heat
Jan 6, 2015
401
Northern Michigan
It's great firewood, but given any other options, I'd leave it standing especially since it looks healthy and is the largest tree in the shot. If you cut it down, take branches much smaller than you normally would.
 
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