Maple ID help...

Discussion in 'The Wood Pile' started by Jonathan Y, Nov 21, 2020 at 10:42 PM.

  1. Jonathan Y

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    So earlier this year I did a local arborist a favor and took a massive willow tree off his hands. It was a Sunday, the dump was closed, and he had to get rid of the tree. On the phone he told me it was "big," but he dumped it and took off before I discovered rounds as big as 6 foot in diameter. I already have 20+ cords of oak, hickory, and ash, so I was less than thrilled to spend the better part of a weekend cutting and splitting 5+ cords of stinky willow. It's amazing how a wood what weighs almost nothing when seasoned is back-breaking heavy when green.

    In any event, I called the guy and complained that his "big" willow tree was as wide as I am tall. He said he would bring me some good logs next time he cut some in the area. That was six months ago and I had almost lost hope.. .

    Today he finally made it right with four 16' dump trailer loads (heaping loads) of maple. There are two types of maple from two different trees.

    Maple #1: Not sure about this one. Sugar maple? Mature silver maple? Red maple? No leaves or branches with buds available to help ID this tree.

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    Maple #2: I think this one is Norway maple. Anyone agree? Disagree?

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  2. Chud

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    One could be red and I agree with you on Norway
     
  3. Chud

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    One also makes me think boxelder
     
  4. Chud

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    Working on my post count eh
    Sorry you had to process a giant trash tree. That would infuriate me to have to expend energy and $ to get rid of trash.
    In the winter of 92 I asked a tree guy for wood. I was broke, living in an old colander of a shack and couldn’t afford filling the oil tank. Dk bag dumped a load of big knotty white pine and I got pneumonia.
     
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  5. Jonathan Y

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    Until this maple I had just about given up on the tree guys dropping off logs. I have received not only the mutant willow, but also big spruce (burns hot with some fireworks, for about a half hour, then dies out), some mutant stinky poplar logs filled with raccoon crap, and knotty pine logs that's done split right even with a 35 ton splitter. I guess there aren't a lot of customers asking tree services to come cut down their healthy oak or hickory trees and take away the logs... Just these massive, fast growing, quick dying, and low-btu sh*t wood trees.
     
  6. Chud

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    He is probably keeping the good stuff or giving it to someone else and using you to save on tipping fees. Primo trees are cut down everyday.
     
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    Without looking at other replies a say first one is sugar based on wood grain texture. Bark of #1 has a red maple look to it though, second is Norway. Id say you did good John...other than having to process the willow. Idve been POed about that.
     
  9. amateur cutter

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    Where is Carleton? I have access to all the quality wood you want over here. No need to deal with trash. I agree with Chud , I think you're being used as a free dump.
     
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  10. billb3

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    I concur with silver and Norway maples.
    you haven't been made whole on the willow firewood hoarding faux pas yet.
     
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  11. fishingpol

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    Some nice tiger maple grain pattern in pic #3.

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