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General Forestry => Tree, Plant and Wood I.D. => Topic started by: BillB on January 30, 2008, 06:58:01 PM

Title: Help identifying tree (solved Red Maple)
Post by: BillB on January 30, 2008, 06:58:01 PM
 I am new to posting so I apologize in advance for the photos.

This tree is on my place in North East Texas and is growing on the bank of a pond in sandy soil.  One picture is of the leaves.  The stems seem to be red.  One is of the fall color and the third is of the bark.

I have consulted several guides but cannot be sure what it is. The bark always throws me.  There are no larger specimens nearby. Any help would be appreciated


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/16975/Leaves_and_Stem_P1010012.JPG) (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/16975/Fall_Color_P1000790.JPG) (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/16975/Trunk_P1010015.JPG)
Title: Re: Help identifying tree
Post by: Radar67 on January 30, 2008, 07:21:08 PM
This is just a guess, but it kind of looks like a Red Maple from the leaves.

Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Help identifying tree
Post by: Tom on January 30, 2008, 07:26:57 PM
Hey Billb, welcome to the forum.

I was just going to say Red Maple too.

Good job on the pictures, especially the first one of the leaves.

It's possible to keep the picture size up to 350 or 400 pixels and still get the KB's under 30.

If you are having trouble with your photo program, try www.xat.com .  It's downloadable for free and even if you don't buy it, they leave you with a workable demo program.

If you decide to go that route, there are some instructions in "behind the forum".
Title: Re: Help identifying tree
Post by: zopi on January 30, 2008, 07:39:00 PM
Welcome!

Red maple...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Maple

gotta bunch of 'em here too,,,big crotch next door I will dissect soon...
Title: Re: Help identifying tree
Post by: BillB on January 30, 2008, 08:50:35 PM
Thanks. I thought it was some kind of maple, but I have never seen the fruiting and flowers.  But I have only owned the property for two springs.  I will have to pay closer attention.
Title: Re: Help identifying tree (solved Red Maple)
Post by: SwampDonkey on February 05, 2008, 06:46:42 PM
They have red flowers before the leaves come out and the seeds drop before mid summer.

Here are some buds that contain the flowers, they will be easy to spot, even looking way up into the tree, once you know what your looking at. ;D

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_RedMaple-buds2.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_RedMaple-buds.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_redmaple-leaf.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_RedMaple-bark.jpg)


(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/11009/SD_redmaple-endgrain.jpg)

Pores are smaller than largest rays.