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Trying to ID this stiff branch
#391983 Apr 7th, 2016 at 05:03 AM
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Just curious about the species of this branch. It has nice smooth bark but the bark has a subtle vertical striation in it, the bark is tannish in color. The branch is as stiff as steel making it useful for projects which need a strong branch. I don't know what tree it came from.

A flickr pic of the branch is at below link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankyguitarwatson/26269551416/in/dateposted/

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FredGrassMan #391987 Apr 7th, 2016 at 06:32 AM
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I'm not sure. A lot of trees have similar stria.


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FredGrassMan #391994 Apr 7th, 2016 at 10:22 AM
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I now realize that the branch is what one might call branch-tip opposite. This might suggest that it's one of the following but I'm wondering if any of them are hard, perhaps it's a harder species of maple.

Maple, Ash, Dogwood, Buckeye, or a member of the Caprifoliaceae.

It might be a Caprifoliaceae - like maybe honeysuckle. This will be hard.

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FredGrassMan #391995 Apr 7th, 2016 at 10:24 AM
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Looks like some type of maple. Hard to tell.

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FredGrassMan #391999 Apr 7th, 2016 at 10:44 AM
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The bark is like a Norway maple in color and texture. So I guess I've narrowed it down to either Norway maple (young Norway maple at least) and some sort of shrub. Getting closer! What I can't fathom is would a Norway maple be so stiff and strong - maple is a hardwood but it's not normally so stiff. But perhaps Norway is a harder maple - I'll have to look up it's properties.

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FredGrassMan #392004 Apr 7th, 2016 at 08:21 PM
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It looks like the Snake bark maples that we have here.


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FredGrassMan #392028 Apr 10th, 2016 at 08:01 AM
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Keep us posted.

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Bestofour #392054 Apr 10th, 2016 at 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bestofour
Keep us posted.


The only thing I have to post is NO PROGRESS other than it's either Norway Maple or the family Honeysuckle. I will need to go out in the field somewhere and find a Norway Maple or two and some honeysuckles and compare the branches. Let's say I'm 70% certain it's Norway Maple, just not absolutely sure yet, and just a little concerned about the stiffness. I'm not at all concerned that the bark is not exactly like young Norway Maple. It's not Snake Bark. I think this research will take a while - I don't know where there is honeysuckle or a Norway Maple.
There are close to 900 honeysuckle species - maybe I'll find one near where I found the branches.

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FredGrassMan #392081 Apr 12th, 2016 at 04:47 AM
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I have lots and lots of honeysuckle around here. Did I say LOTS??? :)


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