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Re: Tree of the day
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2019, 10:00:52 PM »
I usually see the next mystery specimen around water.  

Here is a hint that is a dead give-away....stipules persistent, scars leaving stipular line connecting petioles........ :D.

Some info:  Poisonous to cattle and becomes a troublesome weed in low lying pastureland.  Restricted to moist sites or poorly drained areas.  Numerous species of waterfowl and birds feed on the seeds.
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Re: Tree of the day
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2019, 10:16:20 PM »
The picture of this one was taken about a quarter of a mile from my house in what is considered the southwestern edge of the Green Swamp, especially if one is trying to obtain a building permit (now limited to one house per 10 acres).
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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2019, 10:58:54 PM »


Here is a hint that is a dead give-away....stipules persistent, scars leaving stipular line connecting petioles........ :D.


Well that clue buttons it up for sure...

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Re: Tree of the day
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2019, 11:49:05 AM »
Buttonbush or Cephanlanthus occidentalis.  Curdog and others recognized it right off.  Since we are in the swamp we might as well go with another one that does not mind getting its feet wet.


This will be Friday's tree of the day.



 


 
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« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2019, 08:55:58 PM »
Iffin yore name was Gordon, you might stumble onto this one........
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« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2019, 09:09:42 PM »
It's a Quixote bush? :D
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« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2019, 11:12:35 PM »
Ahh :D Stewartia, loblolly bay
Whoops googling, got the cousins confused, gordonia lasianthus, loblolly bay
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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2019, 06:28:16 AM »
Winner, winner, chicken dinner.  Loblolly bay.  We may get out of the swamp for today's tree.  Check back later.
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« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2019, 08:48:56 AM »
 
Today's tree of the day pictured here may be several years old already.
 
New growth on a lateral bud.
 
This tree was under attack by pine sawflies.  This one lived, while the 125 year old one on my side of the fence died after the hurricane and pine sawfly infestation. I thought it might have a chance until I noticed the ambrosia beetle dust accumulating around the base.
 
These were some JMoore and I cut on a house lot.  Notice the size of the twigs and that the needles grow at the end of the them.  The needles are three to the fascicle.
 
It may be tough to see but the bark is very flaky and that is one of the features that enables this species to be very fire tolerant.  Coincidently, it also provides a great habitat for scorpions.




This tree may have endured a lightning strike.
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I do not expect it will take long for this tree of the day to be identified.  
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« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2019, 09:16:28 AM »
Definitely moved out of the swamp for that one.... one of my favorites..

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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2019, 09:35:25 AM »
Those logs look too long for the trailer.  ;)




Sawed some of that last week.  ;D
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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2019, 09:37:55 AM »
I long for the day I can leaf pine like that laying around my mill yard. 
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« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2019, 09:54:49 AM »
That tree has heart :). In my oldest books of pine strength values this is the granddaddy, oldfield pine isn't even listed.
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« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2019, 12:55:43 PM »
Nothing else can hold a candle to it.  :)
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« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2019, 01:22:21 PM »
Took a core sample on some 7 inch dbh longleaf that was on a ridge  around Tuscaloosa Ala.  That tree was over 150 years old and solid resin.  Also saw a block of the heart used as a foundation stone on direct soil contact under a 160 year old home, Termite proof, also will make a dandy torch just plain exposed resin heart.  Makes nice wood for building but treat it like gasoline soaked wood as a fire hazard.
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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2019, 06:43:19 AM »
Yesterday's tree was longleaf pine or Pinus palustris.  

Today's is another pine.

 



 




 

 The picture above is of a young tree and the pine webworm's house constructed out of frass.  

 This is the pine webworm.
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« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2019, 07:32:17 AM »
I very strongly suspect that the needles are in fasciles of two and three and the cone is a bit shiny. 
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« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2019, 07:57:03 AM »
The lead guitarist for GN'R wrote a song "Sweet Pine of Mine" about this tree, but the other hit the band had overshadowed it and it never really took off.    :D
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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2019, 08:39:26 AM »
 What kind of song would Slash name Elliot ???
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« Reply #39 on: May 12, 2019, 09:36:04 AM »
Be careful, one could end up in a Snake Pit.

 Banded water snake eating blue tilapia beside the pond where our logs are stored awaiting sawing.  

Back to the tree of the day.  The south Florida variety also has a grass stage like the longleaf and was also important to the naval stores industry back when there were no "Welcome to the Sunshine State" signs, more like "Welcome to the Jungle".
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