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Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 12 May 2018, 17:53

Hi chaps. I have a couple of trees that I'd like identifying. One living and one very much dead.

Here's the living one...

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and here is the dead one. Now this one is a real puzzler. It's been chopped down a long long time ago but rather than rot it seems to have hardened. The cut surface is totally smooth and looks almost like a piece of bakelite. Hit it with a spade and it sounds as if you are hitting stone..the sound is nothing like hitting wood. The colour is purply and yellowy-brown. So hard that it has blunted the blade on my chainsaw without really trying.

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Any ideas ?
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Phil » 13 May 2018, 07:18

Iron Wood? Olea capensis.

Lead Wood? Combretum imberbe.


Although they might not be able to survive your ‘dry’ climate. :lol:
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Rod » 13 May 2018, 14:51

European Hop-Hornbeam??

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Re: Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 13 May 2018, 16:04

Rod wrote:European Hop-Hornbeam??

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Certainly the physical description re heavy and hard fits but the colour of the wood is wrong.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Andyp » 13 May 2018, 19:15

RogerS wrote:
Rod wrote:European Hop-Hornbeam??

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Certainly the physical description re heavy and hard fits but the colour of the wood is wrong.


If it’s dead maybe the colour is disease.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 13 May 2018, 19:55

Andyp wrote:
RogerS wrote:
Rod wrote:European Hop-Hornbeam??

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Certainly the physical description re heavy and hard fits but the colour of the wood is wrong.


If it’s dead maybe the colour is disease.


Mmmm...it doesn't look diseased and diseased trees are usually rotten, I thought ?


Anyone have a crack at the first one ?
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Rod » 13 May 2018, 20:30

My guess was for the first one

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Re: Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 13 May 2018, 21:45

Rod wrote:My guess was for the first one

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LOL ! Don't think so as the flowers (?) are vertical and green. The hornbeam look yellow and dangle.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Rod » 14 May 2018, 10:13

If you’ve got a smart phone you could try the Smart Plant App

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Re: Wood identification

Postby TrimTheKing » 14 May 2018, 10:41

Rod wrote:If you’ve got a smart phone you could try the Smart Plant App

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I've just run it through that app on my phone and the 'expert' has identified it as "Goat Willow, Great willow, sometimes referred to as Pu$$y willow. Deciduous shrub or small tree to 10m with stout twigs, leaves densely woolly beneath, yellow or silver catkins in early spring. Willows grow best in sub and deep moist soils."

Salix caprea.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Rod » 14 May 2018, 12:45

By George he’s got it!

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Re: Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 14 May 2018, 13:30

Thanks guys...Mark has it.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 22 May 2018, 17:35

My tree surgeon tells me the dead one is yew.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby Phil » 22 May 2018, 17:55

Roger, plant lots of willows around the uphill border of the property.

They suck up lots of water and you should then end up with a semi desert further down. 8-)

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Re: Wood identification

Postby DaveL » 22 May 2018, 19:59

RogerS wrote:My tree surgeon tells me the dead one is yew.
That will be nice for turning, I have seen some with a range of colours from orange though to purple, sharp tools are a must.
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Re: Wood identification

Postby RogerS » 23 May 2018, 04:59

DaveL wrote:
RogerS wrote:My tree surgeon tells me the dead one is yew.
That will be nice for turning, I have seen some with a range of colours from orange though to purple, sharp tools are a must.


Dave...you are very welcome to come along and take away all of it :lol: Mind you, bring a box of new chainsaw blades with you. :D
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