Tree Identification

plantdork05(z6 MA)April 12, 2006

I found this tree while walking alongside a river in Southeastern, MA. All I have to ID this tree is the bark (the nearest branch was some 20ft up). Is this crackling of the bark indicative of a certain genus or species?

I have a picture located at:

http://f3.yahoofs.com/users/434ae190zd0385284/d10a/__sr_/fb52.jpg?phoVIPEBcqT0RAqy

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plantdork05(z6 MA)

Sorry, the link posted above is apparently not working. For a view of the tree bark in question, try:

http://image50.webshots.com/150/4/66/25/2483466250067298450emcPZO_ph.jpg

    Bookmark   April 12, 2006 at 10:26AM
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eric_in_tn(6b TN)

It looks to me like a Beech or White Maple with a bark disease. Hard to tell without seeing a leaf or the branch structure.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2006 at 1:23PM
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esh_ga

I don't think it is a beech, the bark is much smoother on a beech. However, I don't know what it is either.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 12, 2006 at 1:40PM
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bhrost(zone 5 NY)

Red maple bark looks somewhat like beech in it's smooth stage, then it develops scales a little like the ones in your picture. I can't say with much certaintly but I think it might possibly be a red maple.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 12:38AM
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