Wondering about tree ID

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  1. VA Susan

    VA Susan Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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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  2. vicker

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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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    looks like firewood to me :) wouldnt want that infection near any other healthy trees.
     
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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.
     
  5. VA Susan

    VA Susan Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  7. Johnny Dolittle

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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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    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?
     
  10. Johnny Dolittle

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    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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    I agree with you about that first picture, Johnny. I'm still leaning toward birch though :)
     
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    Johnny Dolittle Outstanding in my field

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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.
     
  13. Johnny Dolittle

    Johnny Dolittle Outstanding in my field

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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
     
  14. Johnny Dolittle

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    Those background trees also look like Quaking Aspen ....
     
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    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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    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
     
  17. Johnny Dolittle

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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":pound:
     
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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.. :stars:
     
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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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