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Beb715

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Aug 11, 2016
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I need some help identifying the type of tree I recently had cut down. I originally thought it was a maple but now I am unsure. i should haven't taken a picture of the leaves before they died. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Not so great pics but I would guess soft maple, unless the tree next to your stump is same type. Then I would say sweet gum. Was it hard to split?
 
I'm 90% certain the tree beside it is sweetgum. The dead leaves on the tree that was cut appeared to be maple, but it is really hard to tell because I didn't look until the leaves were dead. It is pretty difficult to split the large pieces near the base if the tree. There pretty twisted but don't seem as stringy as I'd expect with sweetgum. The guy I had cut the tree said it was a maple ( I couldn't cut it myself since it's too close to the house). Splitting the smaller branches weren't bad. I've split maple before but it wasn't as difficult as this one. The reason I'm second guessing the tree type is because of the difficulty splitting. Do sweetgums always produce balls? Thanks for your help.
 
A few of the twigs coming out of the branches in the trees were opposite which made me think it's in the maple family, but some are alternate (or appear that way if the other side broke off)
 
Thanks for the responses. i should have payed more attention to the tree before I had it cut. I can def tell what an oak or hickory tree is because I deer and squirrel hunt. I'm kicking myself for not paying attention to this tree but it had carpenter ants in it and I didn't want it to fall on the house. I'll attach a better picture of a leaf that came off of it.
 

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Red Maple....
 
I agree with others that this is red maple. The bigger rounds are going to be difficult to split just because of all the knots that come with age and the greater mass. I always thought maple was easy to split until I got a load of huge rounds from a tree service and I discovered that old knotty wood is difficult to split no matter what the species.
 
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