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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:26 pm 
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Hi I really need help to identify this tree stump! We discovered this and a huge 50ft tall tree that's still alive that's the same color next to the stump!! Can you please tell me the type of tree this is and should I keep and create or if I could fund my move to Hawaii :D with the proceeds? I am in NJ and I don't want my boyfriend giving this tree away on craigslist as firewood if this is as special as I think! Thank you


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:09 pm 
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If you want to keep the down tree, then tell your boyfriend to keep his mitts off of it. :)

New Jersey - Eastern hardwood forests there, but known for all sorts of stuff along the coast. Where are you? Can you take photos of any existing bark? Are there any cones or balls or seeds around on the ground? Was this wild or planted? Do you see any other trunks on trees in the area that look similar? If so, send photos of those trees with the whole shape visible (root swell, trunk, shape of the crown so we can see the profile of the tree.) There are many ways people can identify trees, but we need a little more to go on.

Had it been in Texas I would have made one guess, but the tree being in New Jersey, I might end up making an entirely different guess. (But do you have baldcypress up there?)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:16 pm 
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Could it be a type of cedar?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:33 am 
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I think you're correct, and I had that as a passing thought. There are eastern red cedar, and the image search matches. I grew up with Western red cedar, and they don't have such a light ring around the outer layer. The eastern one does -- a characteristic that is very distinctive. In the world of Google it would have been easy to track down, as it was just now. ;-)

Cedar is used for shakes and fence posts, and if it is large enough, for lumber, planks, various water-resistant and fragrant (insect repellent) products. It's great for kindling if you have fireplaces, etc. It's a judgement call as to how you would want to use this, but it isn't your ordinary junk piece of wood, I wouldn't chip it up if you can find a better use for it.

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