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pappy 02-Jul-18
Mike the Carpenter 02-Jul-18
Corn bore 02-Jul-18
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Will 02-Jul-18
Norseman 02-Jul-18
Grey Ghost 02-Jul-18
pappy 02-Jul-18
JTV 02-Jul-18
HA/KS 02-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 02-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 02-Jul-18
Joey Ward 02-Jul-18
Solo 02-Jul-18
pappy 02-Jul-18
HA/KS 02-Jul-18
HA/KS 02-Jul-18
nowheels 02-Jul-18
Shuteye 02-Jul-18
Solo 02-Jul-18
Woods Walker 02-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 02-Jul-18
Solo 02-Jul-18
Woods Walker 02-Jul-18
Solo 02-Jul-18
Shuteye 02-Jul-18
KsRancher 02-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 02-Jul-18
longbeard 02-Jul-18
capsmith 02-Jul-18
trublucolo 02-Jul-18
capsmith 02-Jul-18
Glunt@work 03-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 03-Jul-18
Treeline 03-Jul-18
Mint 03-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 03-Jul-18
JTV 03-Jul-18
Mint 03-Jul-18
wishunter 03-Jul-18
KSflatlander 03-Jul-18
Huntcell 03-Jul-18
Glunt@work 03-Jul-18
Norseman 03-Jul-18
Bou'bound 05-Jul-18
Norseman 05-Jul-18
WV Mountaineer 05-Jul-18
From: pappy
02-Jul-18

pappy's embedded Photo
pappy's embedded Photo
thanks for input

02-Jul-18
You’d think being a finish carpenter/cabinet maker that I could answer this, but when in the “raw” form, I don’t know my ash from a hole in the ground.

From: Corn bore
02-Jul-18
Silver Maple?

From: dm/wolfskin
02-Jul-18
Maple leaves in picture. Don't know which maple .

From: dm/wolfskin
02-Jul-18
Maple leaves in picture. Don't know which maple .

02-Jul-18
Trunk and leave size suggests sugar maple to me, but not for sure.

From: pappy
02-Jul-18

pappy's embedded Photo
pappy's embedded Photo
a better picture

From: Will
02-Jul-18
With the number of sprouts, it makes me think of the Norway Maple in my yard... Definitely maple, but as others noted, I'm not 100% on the exact variety of maple.

From: Norseman
02-Jul-18
Sugar maple me thinks

From: Grey Ghost
02-Jul-18

Grey Ghost's Link
Perhaps this will help....

Matt

From: pappy
02-Jul-18
thanks for all input pappy

From: JTV
02-Jul-18
for sure a Maple ... so many varieties

From: HA/KS
02-Jul-18
It does indeed look maple-like. However there are other trees with similar leaves.

The leaves to not look cut up enough to be silver maple. Is this tree one that was planted, or did it grow naturally?

02-Jul-18
I am amazed by the arborists I know.....they can identify trees at a glance and tell with one look if it's healthy or not.

02-Jul-18
From what I see, it’s a Box alder. In the maple family. Leaves tend to favor a red maple. But, from the leaves, it appears to be the Box Alder instead. Shadow leaves can be tough because many are extorted and over sized. So, without see more, it will be impossible to be 100% positive. But, I am a forester and I’d bet most of what I got that’s what it is. :^)

02-Jul-18
Stupid phone autocorrect. Correct name is Box Elder.

Box Elder is often found along waterways. Or, moist soils. After. seeing the second pic, it is DEFINITELY a Box Elder in my opinion.

From: Joey Ward
02-Jul-18
Definitely a pine.

From: Solo
02-Jul-18
After seeing it in context, in the 'better' pic, it's definitely a Dead Maple. And laying on it's side like that will cause it to rot pretty quickly, so you should chop that puppy up before it's too late.... ;^)

From: pappy
02-Jul-18
this tree is growing natural and is standing. the way the picture was posted might look like it’s laying but it’s not. again thanks for everyone help on identifying this tree

From: HA/KS
02-Jul-18

HA/KS's embedded Photo
Box Elder Leaf
HA/KS's embedded Photo
Box Elder Leaf
Box Elder leaf

From: HA/KS
02-Jul-18
I grew up where there were very few trees, but we had a "Selder" tree where I lived until I was 5. I think it may still be there.

From: nowheels
02-Jul-18
Sugar maple. Probably some good figuring inside that burl if it is solid.

Looks like a lot of epicormick sprouting on that one,, which occurs when the tree is injured or if the canopy around the tree is opened. The additional sunlight on the trunk causes the buds underneath the bark to sprout.

From: Shuteye
02-Jul-18
Maple, just like the ones in the woods behind my house.

From: Solo
02-Jul-18
I tend to think it's a sugar maple, too. Pappy needs to give it 'the test' from GG's link.....

Step #1: Break a leaf off the twig. A leaf from a Norway maple will yield a milky sap from the end of the leaf, while the sugar maple will not. You may need to give it a few minutes to seep....

Step #2: Report back here with the results... ;^)

From: Woods Walker
02-Jul-18
Henry is correct. Acer negundo has compound leaves and the leaf in the pic is simple.

It's definitely a maple, because it does have opposite leaves. Without a clearer picture it's hard to tell which kind though.

02-Jul-18
Don't be so sure about that Woods Walker. Shade leaves are not a good indicator of compound versus simple leaves, leaf shape, etc.... Many a compound leaf appears simple when growing on low hanging limbs. I'm still saying Box Elder cause that's what it is. :^)

From: Solo
02-Jul-18

Solo's embedded Photo
Solo's embedded Photo
Wyoming Maple stump......

From: Woods Walker
02-Jul-18
Don't know exactly what it is, but IMO it's NOT a Box Elder. If it is then the Box Elders I have growing on my place are having identity issues, because they look exactly like the pic Henry posted.

Maybe I need to get them to a tree shrink!

From: Solo
02-Jul-18
In my mind, it's either a sugar or Norway maple. It needs 'the test' done to it, IMO....

From: Shuteye
02-Jul-18
Ask your local forester or any logger in the area and they will know exactly what it is.

From: KsRancher
02-Jul-18
Have no idea on what kind of tree, but still laughing at Solo's first post

02-Jul-18
It is one of two trees WW. It is either a Red Maple or a Box Elder. I'm still leaning towards Box Elder. It could be a Red Maple. It isn't a Sugar, Black, Silver, or any other type Maple but a Red or Box Elder. It's the best I can do looking at pics of leaves without seeing the tree in person. But, it is one of those two.

God Bless men

From: longbeard
02-Jul-18
From GG’s post of tree identity it sure looks like the leaves of a Paperback Maple

From: capsmith
02-Jul-18
We call them soft maple , or river maple but the I think the real name is silver maple . I have a sugar and 2 soft maple growing in my yard . We have a lot of both here. The soft maple will grow sprouts off of the bottom of the trunk .

From: trublucolo
02-Jul-18
Have you asked the tree how it identifies......that's all that really matters ;-)

From: capsmith
02-Jul-18
We call them soft maple , or river maple but the I think the real name is silver maple . I have a sugar and 2 soft maple growing in my yard . We have a lot of both here. The soft maple will grow sprouts off of the bottom of the trunk .

From: Glunt@work
03-Jul-18
I'm no expert but I will guess its not a sugar maple. They have a smoother "U" in between the teeth on the leaf. These look more sawtoothed like a red maple. Something I was taught while looking for syrup trees as a kid. Sugars sap had a better yield. Not deep enough between lobes to make me guess silver maple.

If it matches the Canadian flag, it may be a sugar.

03-Jul-18
It is not a sugar maple. It is not a silver maple. It is not a Norway maple. It is not a Japanese maple. It is either a box elder or a red maple. I PROMISE!!!!!!!

From: Treeline
03-Jul-18
Will it make a good bow?

From: Mint
03-Jul-18
Looks like a sycamore maple to me.

03-Jul-18
Yes, it makes a fine bow

From: JTV
03-Jul-18

JTV's embedded Photo
JTV's embedded Photo
Not a Sycamore ... THIS is a Sycamore ... on a property I hunted 18 years, I had 'around 7 or 8 stands thru the place in these tree's, in the the best location where me and my buddy killed a over a dozen deer from was a huge Sycamore, it over looked two of my best food plots... it was one of those trees that was in a killer location and we almost always saw deer from it and they funneled right past it .. .... ...

Mint, never heard of a Sycamore "Maple" ... I thought you meant just a Sycamore ... I had to look up "sycamore maple" to see what it was .... carry on ....

From: Mint
03-Jul-18
Yeah, I have a regular sycamore in my yard. That tree is huge and drops a ton of branches that my dog has to bring to the other side of the yard in the grass to chew on.

From: wishunter
03-Jul-18
I'm sure it's a Box Elder. The new branch growth from the trunk is that bright green that is common with Box Elder plus the length of the growth, very vigorous. Been in the nursery industry over 40 years.

From: KSflatlander
03-Jul-18
It is a maple not box elder. Been doing bio surveys in including plants for +25 years. HA/KS photo is a box elder which is very different than the op picture.

03-Jul-18
the pollen from those sycamores could be used for a biological warfare............nasty stuff.

From: Huntcell
03-Jul-18
Box elder ‘Acer negundo’ is a maple.

This is the only North American maple with compound leaves.

From: Glunt@work
03-Jul-18
The leaves all look like simple leaves to me. I can't see any compound leaves except on the ground in in the background.

From: Norseman
03-Jul-18
Leaves to broad and bark is way off to be a box elder.

From: Bou'bound
05-Jul-18
Glad we cleared this up so succinctly

From: Norseman
05-Jul-18
I can’t tell from the pic if it 3 leaves per stem or individual leaf per stem.

05-Jul-18
One last time. From an expert.

Number one. It is either a Box Elder. Or, a red maple. You can take that to the bank and deposit it. No matter who says different, that’s what it is. And, the more I look at it, the more convinced I am it’s a Red Maple instead of a Box Elder.

Number two. Shade leaves don’t play by the rules. So, guessing th compound versus simple thing is fruitless. They can be correct. But, often aren’t.

And finally, Number three. That bark coukd be categorized as stereotypically Box Elder in areas I’ve seen it.

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