Wooded Acres

9 Mar

One of my farmer/clients rented a new farm and I spent today riding the boundaries of the fields and pulling soil samples. The fields are located along the wooded bluffs overlooking the Hatchie River. There is a lot of good timber on this bluff that hasn’t been logged out in many years.

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I took particular note of this tree, I have seen similar ones to this all around this area. I have to find out what this tree is and plant some on our homestead, they make very interesting specimens in the winter. You can look out across a patch of bare woods and see the leaves on these trees that almost appear to be glowing they are so white!

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These trees don’t shed their leaves in the winter. The leaves turn very, very pale tan, almost white in color but they stay on the tree.

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The larger specimens of this tree has a distinctive smooth bark. Does anyone have an idea what this tree might be from these pictures?

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5 Responses to “Wooded Acres”

  1. pioneer Preppy March 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    My guess is American Beech. There are only like five smooth bark trees in Missouri and I am not familiar with four of them but it could be a Paw Paw or a Yellow wood. I don’t think the leaf type is right for those though. If it is a paw paw I want to come and get a sappling lol.

  2. pioneer Preppy March 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    The leaf thing got me wondering. Usually only oaks keep dead leaves attached all Winter (more or less) Like pin oaks and the like but the American Beech does as well and so does a hornbean variety that are each smooth bark. I am still going with American Beech.

    • doublebhomestead March 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      PP, you are spot on. I thought you would know, you are a man of many talents. I downloaded a PDF pocket guide from the UT Extension Service and looked up American Beech. One identifying feature is the trees often hold their leaves until new buds form in the Spring.

  3. Mike March 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    That’s the great thing about these online blogs. There are lots of answers there for the offering if only one asks!

    • doublebhomestead March 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Mike thanks for stopping by. There are a lot of helpful people in the blogging community, especially in the prepper community. After all, that is why we are here posting about prepping, to try to help others and encourage others to get prepared as well.

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