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01-21-2021 02:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tree identification wood bark

Any help much appreciated. I was slabbing some Osage orange and got a bit carried away and misidentified a tree. Rough bark that reminded me of the Osage pattern bark which was growing all around it. Twisty gangly limbs also fooled me. Do I have some kind of elm? I’m in the Dallas area. Thanks, Jim

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 03:11 PM

It doesn’t show in the pic but the end grain is very wavy between rings

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 03:46 PM

It doesn’t look like any osage I have ever seen. And osage is hard enough to throw sparks and eat chains, and fairly bright orange when fresh cut. The bark is also more orange. Bark does resemble elm I have seen in Illinois.

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 03:51 PM

That’s awful straight for a piece of Osage Orange.

The face grain looks very much like the face grain on the farm table I’m sitting at now, and it’s made of elm.

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 04:43 PM

Have you had good luck working with limb wood.

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 09:48 PM

Cedar elm maybe? It grows in TX.

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 10:00 PM

After a lot of time on wood database, I have to think it’s likely cedar elm or American elm. Could be ash or catalpa but end grain looks more like elm, really wavy between rings.

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#7 posted 01-22-2021 12:07 AM

It’s an Elm of some description, without a doubt. The end grain is unmistakable.

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#8 posted 01-22-2021 04:13 AM

Elm was my first guess even before reading what you said. At slight magnification, elm end grain will look like this:

EDIT: American elm leaves are much larger than cedar elm if you have some leaves from the the tree. I think that cedar elm usually has a darker heartwood than American elm if I remember correctly.

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#9 posted 01-22-2021 02:43 PM

Just went though this and without leaves I had WAG’s all over the place. Finally found some leaves from the tree and got an ID.

BUT, this image looks very much like the Bitternut Hickory I am cutting up now.

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