Tree ID, Maple

JimBear

Minister of Fire
Dec 15, 2017
627
Iowa
I am thinking Maple but I have been wrong before. I have just never seen beatles/borers work on Maple like this, the wood is solid.

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MissMac

Minister of Fire
Dec 4, 2017
781
NW Ontario
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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,891
Marshall NC
Yes, an interesting display of the various leaves of the forest.

It looks like ash to me.
 

CincyBurner

Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
560
SW Ohio
linden - https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=89

Branching habit is alternate, so you know you can rule out maple . . . and ash
The buds are the clincher- big and fat ("buds are stout, ovate-acute, smooth, deep red, with two bud scales visible").

The wood is soft and very light in density, and desired for wood carving.
While not a definite ID it is frequently hit by sapsucker woodpeckers (note horizontal peck holes in pics 1,4 &5) of op.
 

JimBear

Minister of Fire
Dec 15, 2017
627
Iowa
linden - https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=89

Branching habit is alternate, so you know you can rule out maple . . . and ash
The buds are the clincher- big and fat ("buds are stout, ovate-acute, smooth, deep red, with two bud scales visible").

The wood is soft and very light in density, and desired for wood carving.
While not a definite ID it is frequently hit by sapsucker woodpeckers (note horizontal peck holes in pics 1,4 &5) of op.
It’s a bit out of its range in SW IA but everything is a match. THANKS.
 

Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,891
Marshall NC
How can you tell that branching is alternate? I can't see any branches.
 

CincyBurner

Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
560
SW Ohio
How can you tell that branching is alternate?
Look in the middle of pic 3 - the small branches/ twigs have alternate branching habit.
 
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hickoryhoarder

Minister of Fire
Apr 5, 2013
577
Indiana
I'm also thinking basswood/linden.

Does not look like any maple I know, even if it had opposite branching.
 

magna85

Member
Jan 30, 2018
2
Upstate NY
+ 1 on basswood. I have a fair amount of it on my property and it all looks just like that with the horizontal rows of woodpecker holes. I don't go out of my way to harvest it but i did have a bunch growing too close to the house/driveway that i took out and processed over the last few years. Most of it is water weight - when it drys out it will be super light. Makes great starter wood or to mix in with dense hard wood like oak. Splits super easy too.
 

mark cline

Minister of Fire
Dec 20, 2012
704
Cattaraugus, NY
Basswood the holes are from a yellow bellied sap sucker