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Author Topic: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?  (Read 973 times)

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Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« on: December 27, 2016, 12:37:46 AM »
Hi Guys,

Stumbled upon this free tree from a Real Estate Developer close to my house...he says its a beech...others say Maple of some sort.
Here are some pics...the tree has been down about 2  months.
Smelled sort of sweet when I split a piece, although it's lighter it's full of knots & it harder split than my red oak.
I'm kinda stumped. ??? :P

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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2016, 06:51:08 AM »
Looks like Florida Maple, sometimes called southern sugar maple
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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2016, 07:41:52 AM »
Look very closely at the end grain, if it is beech, the rays should be large and prominent like in red oak.  They should be really easy to see with the naked eye.

If the rays are not really obvious, I believe that it is southern sugar maple like VT says. 
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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 07:56:34 AM »
The bark says 'maple' to me.
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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 03:21:52 PM »
That bark speaks to me too, Joan. 
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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 07:11:07 PM »
How does it split? Beech splits hard.
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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2016, 07:10:45 PM »
I'm certainly not from your area but as has been said it sure looks like maple to me. In the north here I don't believe I've ever seen moss/lichen growing on a beech but it's hard to find a maple without it.

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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2016, 01:59:54 AM »
How does it split? Beech splits hard.
Splits rather ornery...kinda surprised...tougher than my red oak.

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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2016, 05:40:42 AM »
Red oak will just about pop right open here in Maine. The easiest wood to split,that I know of.
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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2016, 12:45:31 PM »
Red oak will just about pop right open here in Maine. The easiet wood to split,that I know of.
the only time I can get red oak to split like that is when I'm cutting them down  8)   it looks like hard maple to me

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Re: Sugar Maple, Beech or what?
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2017, 09:38:15 PM »
Yes, to hard (sugar) maple.
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