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Re: Favorite Tree?
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2018, 07:08:33 PM »
I have seen maple with just a single live limb left on people's lawns. They won't cut them down until they are stubs. :D

I have a weeping cherry out front that's all but dead. I've cut most of it off, the bark's missing, and it has carpenter ants, but it's gonna stay as long as it turns green in the spring. That was my daughter's favorite tree, so I'll keep it as long as there's a bit of life left  :^)

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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2018, 07:14:37 PM »
Oh, too soon to tell at this point, but I've been really hot on dawn redwoods. I picked up a couple for my property, and once they get some size, I'm gonna propagate them via cutting, and spread them around. I got the idea from here I think. Someone mentioned giant sequoia in England. Never occurred to me I could have something like that outside PNW. Looking them up led me to dawn redwoods. I'll have a better chance of seeing those grow to spectacular size, and I can get them locally. One of my two is especially pretty with its fall colors. I'm hoping it lasts, and isn't simply due to youth.

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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2018, 07:40:32 PM »
Oh, too soon to tell at this point, but I've been really hot on dawn redwoods. I picked up a couple for my property, and once they get some size, I'm gonna propagate them via cutting, and spread them around. I got the idea from here I think. Someone mentioned giant sequoia in England. Never occurred to me I could have something like that outside PNW. Looking them up led me to dawn redwoods. I'll have a better chance of seeing those grow to spectacular size, and I can get them locally. One of my two is especially pretty with its fall colors. I'm hoping it lasts, and isn't simply due to youth.
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Re: Favorite Tree?
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2018, 08:08:39 PM »
sugar maple, locally called rock maple.

aesthetic shape, fall colors, stubborn as a mule (ive seen them split in half and still growing), excellent fire wood, strong beautiful grain, and did I mention syrup?!

its the tree that can keep a logger busy through mud season!

yard tree or woods tree, firewood or furniture, they are just the best!

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Re: Favorite Tree?
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2018, 06:25:00 AM »
White oak is a favorite, but my favorite individual tree is a little beech I call 'Dave', for the buddy that helped me get it. I have a huge variety of trees on our land, but didn't have a beech, even though they are common here. Dave and I went out in his woods to get me one. The land was so full of rocks and roots that we couldn't dig it up, so we ended up just yanking it out of the ground. I found a good spot behind the barn and planted it with little hope it would survive. It never even slowed down; been growing fast and strong for 5 years, and I go out every winter and clear the competing brush away. Someday, long after Dave and I are worm food, there will be a big handsome beech tree there.
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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2018, 09:04:16 AM »
I do love an old Burr Oak grown in the open as they should be. My favorite tho? No.

I have lots of Sugar Maple, a nice tree but a bit of a weed to me, in the end if nothing is done I know my woodlot will be almost nothing but Sugar Maples so I'm OK with them but definitely not my favorite.

Quaking Aspen, or Popple as they are called in these parts are one of my favorites in Northern WI where they grow like weeds after clear cutting. They usually will show us where the Grouse and Woodcock are. So I have a soft spot for them as one of my favorite things on a nice October day is bird hunting. But as I live in S. WI where there are lots better trees down here than the lowly Popple.

Speaking of N. Wi there is also some other trees that I do like, the Hemlock and Yellow Birch. When they reach significant size they are impressive trees. But both fall short as a favorite.

Eastern White Pine grows in my county, primarily in the northen half and along the lake shore. An old mature White Pine that has flattened it crown against the sky is a lovely sight. The sound the wind makes as it slides thru the needles is magic. The needles are long and soft giving the tree a pleasing appearance. For me its in the top 5 of favorite trees but not the top one.

Tamarack or Eastern Larch to some is unique tree. The only conifer to loose its needles in the fall. They are common in the low wet swampy ares in So. Wi. Places that I have spent many a Nov. day sitting and waiting for a ripe Buck. In fact I had a stand that was no more than a log laying against a large Tamarack tree that I leaned against as I waited. I shot a nice 8 Point buck from this spot one magical warm sunny Nov. day. It was a magic place carpeted in a dull golden needles and moss. The late fall sun warmed my face and its was as close to perfect as a day as I know. So for this reason I do like the Tamarack. But again, its not my favorite.

Shagbark Hickory,  a large portion of my woodlot is dominated right now by Hickories. They are great for feeding the local Squirrel population. I have spent a few hours cracking the almost impenetrable fortress that is a Hickory nut for my Mom to add to her homemade fudge. But to me they are a rough looking customer that garners admiration but no love from me.

Ironwood is another tree that while its dense heavy wood is the best thing I can find in my woodlot to burn to heat my house I don't love them. They are small in size tree, always seen growing in the shade of others. I have a couple of larger Ironwoods in my woodlot, they are full of knobs that stick out where branches used to grow giving them an odd look. And often they are hollow and have holes in the bottom. A good chunk of the Ironwoods I cut are hollow in the bottom foot or two. They  almost always are packed with Hickory nuts from chipmunks and mice.

Another tree that deserves Honorable mention is Cherry, it never seems to grow straight and I can't think of a more beautiful wood. But its not my favorite.

But I guess that if I had to pick one for my favorite it would be the American Beech. I love its smooth grey bark, it leaves are unique and beautiful in the fall and they hang on well into the winter most of the time.




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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2018, 10:28:42 AM »
Thoughtful analysis Klunker. Ironwood's like the anti poplar for machete work. You look at, and think "this'll be easy" crank the machete, and the handle rebounds after hitting the tree, wracking your knuckles, and doing little damage to the tree. Beech is terrible to cut too. It holds on to every little limb with all it's got. They rebound away with little damage, and sometimes one of his buddies smacks you upside the head for making the attempt  :^D

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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2018, 02:03:48 PM »
A wise parent was asked if they have a 'favourite' child. The parent said "yes, the one that needs me most today". 

So my favourite tree is the Ash, a tall, stalwart, straight-grained beauty. Easy drying, splitting and burning to boot. But it's being wiped out by a bug. In my bush, the Ash is my sick kid, and my favourite one today!  
 


 

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« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2018, 06:11:21 AM »
 

 

 

 

 big shaggy, Christmas tree,  and a " New England  coconut :D"
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« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2018, 07:27:56 AM »
Sycamore. 



 

 
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Re: Favorite Tree?
« Reply #30 on: November 26, 2018, 07:46:48 AM »
Why oh why are all the best firewood trees south of us ? :o
Here are some oaks, some ash now EAB dying, few locust, few Hard/Rock Maple, few Beech also diseased, fewer yellow birch.
We burn what we got: Red/soft maple, Paper/White Birch.
Even further north like Alaska and Nunavit, fewer good hardwoods. Oh why ? :'( ( Yes, latitude...but )
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« Reply #31 on: November 26, 2018, 08:25:32 AM »
 
Ginkgo tree

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« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2018, 04:04:09 AM »
We burn what we got: Red/soft maple, Paper/White Birch.
Even further north like Alaska and Nunavit, fewer good hardwoods. Oh why ? :'( ( Yes, latitude...but )
I am getting good heat off spruce, box elder, larch, red pine, white birch that I gathered when getting the building site ready. Just yard trees. Burns as long as rock maple actually. I wouldn't buy it, but it's warm. ;D
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« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2018, 09:31:50 PM »
American elm.

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« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2018, 08:05:41 AM »
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« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2018, 08:35:43 AM »
A good ridge full of 20" white oaks and a tree stand in one of them
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« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2018, 08:40:16 AM »
10 days and I continue to agonize over this question.   :P   I still do not have an answer.  ::)

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« Reply #37 on: November 29, 2018, 08:29:50 PM »
Well, this is my favorite individual tree. It is an ERC that lives in the crotch of a wild cherry, it might grow a quarter an inch a year in height, the trunk is smaller than a pencil, and it has been here for a number of years, can't imagine what the growth rings would look like.  The host cherry has it's issues but I keep trying to make her live. If she goes I plan to rescue the little ERC. 



 
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