Hey, Tank; welcome.
More info would be helpful. Do you have pictures of the tree in leaf, or at least what it looked like before it was logged?
A close up shot of the bark? Pictures of seed pods from the tree? Is it deciduous or evergreen?
No pictures of the tree in leaf, or what it looked like before it was cut down, no seed pods. The tree is deciduous! I will try to get a close up of the bark later on today. This tree was in a friends yard, but they didn't know the species either. They are letting me have the tree for free. I think it would make great bowl blanks for turning, or milled lumber. Thanks for your help so far!
The thing is, Tank, if it came from a residential yard there's an excellent chance it's an ornamental species, not a native wild species. Could be anything from a Tulip tree to a Magnolia or???
This isn't a bad thing; it just means that you need more info from the owners... what the flowers looked like, colour, and time of blossoming would be a great start.
You may even have hit the motherload of free wood!
That's assuming the leaves are actually from the same tree, Nick.
A nice clean closeup of the bark would be really helpful. Cutting a thin round off the end of the trunk, and sanding it till it's nice and clean/smooth will also be a helpful closeup pic.
Going into any of the backyards around here (1/2 acre lots) would be like a trip to a botanical garden in terms of the amazing variety of ornamental tree species planted out.
Maples alone would be astounding if you treat each different A. japonica as separate species! We have at least a 1/2 doz. ourselves not including the Big Leaf maples.
The pictures I checked for oak and yellow poplar had rougher bark than that plus the white oak seemed slightly darker. You may need to slice some off and do like Dan suggested. Also, taking a piece and cutting iut into a rectangle then measuring dimensions and weighing it would give specific gravity which could help too.
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