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Author Topic: New to milling... new to tree ID  (Read 505 times)

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New to milling... new to tree ID
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:48:46 PM »
Hey guys, long time reader first time poster. I have got into chainsaw milling in order to turn a ponderosa pine into a horse barn, and now I am hooked. Every tree that I see blown over has me wondering what it looks like on the inside. I came across this tree and was told it was walnut, but it doesn't look like I thought it would. Northern California, but was planted, not native to this property. 

 

 

 

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Re: New to milling... new to tree ID
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 08:35:29 AM »
Definitely not walnut.  Do the twigs come off the branch opposite of each other, or do they alternate one side to the next?
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Re: New to milling... new to tree ID
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 02:34:55 PM »
They appear to be opposing to me. 

 

 

 

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Re: New to milling... new to tree ID
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 03:17:38 PM »
Your question led me down a "ID tree by bark" website and I am being pointed to some type of Maple. 

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Re: New to milling... new to tree ID
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2019, 08:55:02 PM »
It is certainly a maple.  Hence, the question about the branching. 
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Re: New to milling... new to tree ID
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2019, 09:02:34 PM »
Got it, is there anything to look for that will identify the species of maple? It has buds coming so I may be able to see leaf color/shape/texture soon. Thanks for the help with this WDH, it looks like any of the subspecies are worth milling up (no fatal flaws that I saw in my research, other than low value of the heartwood).

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Re: New to milling... new to tree ID
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2019, 09:13:05 PM »
If it native, then it is likely big leaf maple.

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