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Old 01/31/13, 12:06 AM
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Wondering about tree ID

Here are three pictures of a tree I'd like to identify. The tumors on the tree are more gray than black but they looked black that day because of recent rains. Anyone have an idea what it is? It is very tall with no lower branches. Is it some kind of a birch?


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Old 01/31/13, 01:08 AM
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It looks like birch from here. Break a twig off, or whack the bark with a hammer or something and give it a whiff (with your nose), then you'll know.

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Old 01/31/13, 08:16 AM
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looks like firewood to me wouldnt want that infection near any other healthy trees.

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Old 01/31/13, 09:49 AM
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Could be red maple. Looks like one I have at my pond, except for the tumors. That tree there looks kinda rough.

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Old 01/31/13, 03:47 PM
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Thanks everyone. I'll try the smell test. Thanks for that suggestion. I will look at red maples online too. Thanks. It's on a neighbor's land so we can't cut it down even though it's ugly.

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Yep, that's a big old birch tree. Entirely wrong bark for red maple.

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Old 02/05/13, 10:05 PM
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Looks more like a Red Maple than a Birch.
The trunk in the first pic resembles Red maple
The upper branches in the second pictures could be the smooth bark of Red Maple

..... It might not be either but I don't see a birch tree

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Old 02/05/13, 10:23 PM
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looks like there is a lot of birch in background, i'm kind of leaning that way to.. is it a wet area?

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So what is the disease the tree has?

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Old 02/06/13, 07:57 AM
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looks like there is a lot of birch in background, i'm kind of leaning that way to.. is it a wet area?
Good observation

White Birch dies before it gets big up here in my country

Its hard to identify from pics when you don't have a close up
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Old 02/06/13, 09:57 AM
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I agree with you about that first picture, Johnny. I'm still leaning toward birch though

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You can work in the woods for years and just when you think you know it all you come across one very atypical. Also Southern trees have more moss and other kinds of crud growing on the bark which changes the color.

This is the first time I have visited this forum but I could have some fun here.

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I agree with you about that first picture, Johnny. I'm still leaning toward birch though
Now I am leaning towards agreeing with you rather than myself.

..... is it an atypical birch or atypical red maple? or neither

Its been warm enough winter that red maple should be pushing some red bud ...also
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Those background trees also look like Quaking Aspen ....

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Old 02/06/13, 04:18 PM
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Now I am leaning towards agreeing with you rather than myself.

..... is it an atypical birch or atypical red maple? or neither

Its been warm enough winter that red maple should be pushing some red bud ...also
HAHA! I'm leaning your way. That trunk sure looks like red maple. Maybe the OP will come back and set us straight.
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Old 02/06/13, 06:14 PM
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I had time today to take a few pictures .... these are Red Maple showing rough trunk bark and smooth upper bark. I had another trunk picture of another Maple that did not turn out but looked more like the trunk pic in the OP

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Old 02/06/13, 06:24 PM
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These are Yellow Birch. If you google birch there are other birches also besides White and Yellow. Google and then click on images (up in left corner) and you will have hundreds of Birches to look at. And none look like the OP pictures.

But now I am leaning towards it being a very old old old White Birch with atypical trunk bark.


...Maybe it is another specie .... named "Tricky Tree"

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it's a tough one for sure, they don't look the same to me and of course now that Aspen has been brought up..

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I'm wondering how far South Birch grows

The top of the OP tree will pass for Birch but the trunk......... ????

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