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05-26-2020 09:55 PM

Hello all
After 15-20min if googling I’m still struggling to ID this tree so I figured I’d ask some of the experts here. I’m in the north east and the trunk was probably 2’-2.5’ in diameter.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 05-26-2020 10:36 PM

My guess is Popular.

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#2 posted 05-26-2020 10:47 PM

Where is the tree growing? That is important to identity. Add a clear picture of what appears to be a compound leaf. (Several leaves growing from one stem attached to a branch). Your pictures show a humble of leaves which is hard to identity.

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#3 posted 05-26-2020 11:11 PM

Tree is growing in the back yard of a home we’re purchasing. As such, I won’t be able to grab additional photos at the moment. Are there specific location characteristics you’re interested in? It’s not particularly marshy or anything but it may be considered slightly damp in that specific part of the lot cause the house blocks most of the direct sunlight to the ground there.

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#4 posted 05-26-2020 11:42 PM

Sure looks like a Walnut to me – those compound leaves and catkins (the little pollen bearing flower parts) look a lot like the American Black Walnut trees that I grew up with in southern Ohio, might be a different variety but surely related to walnuts. Look for nuts to start forming soon and that will help you identify it. If it is a walnut check the trunk for any signs of scarring from nail holes – where previous owners may have attached clotheslines, birdfeeders, etc. If you don’t see an you can do a happy dance because at 2 feet in diameter you have some prime lumber.

Let us know the final results.

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#5 posted 05-27-2020 02:04 AM

It does look similar to Black Walnut but there are fewer leaves along each section and the leaf shape is a little different from the ones in my yard.

It could be Butternut which is related to Black Walnut. If you’re looking for lumber, it can be nice but much softer and more subdued in color.

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#6 posted 05-27-2020 02:08 PM

Thanks guys – based on some of the feedback here and a little more hunting around on google I’m starting to think either (a) butternut, or (b) maybe pignut or bitternut hickory

Also, I have no short term intent to drop it and turn it into lumber but it’s the only tree that poses any risk to the home so it’s one i’d keep an eye on. In the event I did need to fell it, it would be wonderful to capture some nice lumber.

Thanks!

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#7 posted 05-27-2020 03:25 PM

My Pecan has those same tendrils hanging down as you show in your last picture.

Wayne

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#8 posted 05-27-2020 07:59 PM

All nut trees have those in the spring. They are the male flowers

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#9 posted 05-27-2020 08:06 PM

Definitely not poplar. This picture is leaves on the butternut tree in my yard. I bought and p

lanted it. It has very large compound leaves.

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#10 posted 05-27-2020 08:11 PM

The light green is an English walnut that I planted. Smaller leaves

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#11 posted 05-27-2020 08:12 PM

The dark green smaller leaf is from a black walnut I planted in my yard,

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#12 posted 05-27-2020 09:34 PM

thanks ibewjon – the leaf size was prob somewhere between the 2 you’ve posted

Do your walnut trees have bark have the X pattern? Between the larger leaves and the lack of any notable X pattern to the bark I think it’s fair to eliminate walnut. Butternut certainly still seems viable though. Either way, a nut tree with a 2’+ diameter base would surely produce something useful in the event it had to come down :)

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#13 posted 05-27-2020 10:00 PM

Definitely looks like some sort of hickory to me. Walnut’s compound usually leaves can be over 1 foot long have more leaflets than hickory leaves and the leaflets are generally narrower. Butternut leaves (never seen one in the wild myself) appears to be fairly similar to walnut but not quite as long. It is most likely one of the hickories that are common in your area. If there are any nuts laying around the yard, that can help ID the tree as well. All of the afore mentioned tree have nuts that are fairly easy to tell apart.

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