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    Default Tree identification

    Looking for some help identifying a tree. I have no clue what it is. It's the only one like it in my woods. I wanted to see what it was before I possibly cut it down. Any help is appreciated.
    Here is the bark/trunk
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    And the leaves/branches
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    The bark is grooved in a V Pattern kinda like an ash. The leaves are serrated on the edge an do not branch like an ash. I honestly have no idea what it is.
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    I think it's some type of elm tree, possibly American elm or Dutch elm. May be the only one around because others have died from Dutch elm disease
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    I agree on the elm.

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    Look for mushrooms around that one, elm.

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    It looks like elm to me too. They used to use them for wagon wheel hubs because elm is hard to split. It's not good for lumber and isn't the best for firewood. I have a couple of them in my woods that I use for end trees. Once you screw a hook into one it won't pull out.
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    After looking up pictures of elm trees I also agree that it's an elm. I think I'm going to leave it alone. If it's not particularly good for anything then there's no need to cut it, it's not in the way of anything.
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    That’s about as big as elm gets around here before they die from the Dutch Elm disease unless that one is resistant. Many moons ago, we used to saw 3”x12” planks out of Elm for side boards for our 10 wheeler dump trucks on our farm. Rugged as h*** and lasted a long time.
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    And my dad had a bulldozer he hauled on a trailer. He used elm planks because the dozer tracks didn't destroy them as fast as other types of wood. We see very few here now, they were the main trees lining the city streets back in the '50's before dutch elm got to them. I would leave it grow, at some point there is a possibility that one will be dutch elm resistant and it could be cloned. They are a beautiful tree at maturity. If a resistant one ever evolves it will be valuable to the nursery business.
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    If it's the "only one" in your woods...why would you cut it down? A bit of diversity is good in any woods isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Greer View Post
    If it's the "only one" in your woods...why would you cut it down? A bit of diversity is good in any woods isn't it?
    I agree, thats why I said I am going to leave it. I was doing some cutting for firewood when I saw it. If it was an invasive tree or something I would get rid of it. Who knows, Maybe it will be a dutch elm disease resistant one like maple flats said.
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