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mikeyd 11-13-2012 03:07 PM

Ok need help identifying this wood PLEASE
Ok everyone got this wood and several people have told me this is GREAT wood to cook over in my Santa Maria grill.
Can someone PLEASE help me identify what kind of tree this is?


plakers 11-13-2012 04:17 PM

the leaf pattern looks very much like a hickory, the bark less so. Maybe a (k)Not Hickory. Maybe a Pignut Hickory.
See if this is your tree

PitRow 11-13-2012 04:28 PM

based on the leaf I'd say it's an ash.

NivekD 11-13-2012 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by PitRow (Post 2270584)
based on the leaf I'd say it's an ash.

Looks like Ash to me too...I've got seven of em in my yard.

Gnaws on Pigs 11-13-2012 04:32 PM

Not a hickory, for sure. Could very well be a species of ash. Looks like the leaves/twigs are opposite. Could also be some exotic ornamental tree. If it's a native tree, I'd say it's a species of ash, but it's hard to say for sure from those photos. If it was an eastern tree, I could tell you, but there's a lot of trees out there that I'm not familiar with.

retired trucker 11-13-2012 04:35 PM

Looks like ash to me too. I have used it to smoke a rolled roast in years past, and with excellent results also. Smoked it on a sheet iron folded "Pit". Bent in a U shape and put a grill and another piece of tin on top to hold in the smoke. Smoked it for about 3 hours, low and slow.

mikeyd 11-13-2012 04:51 PM

I was guessing Hickory or Ash myself but here is the weird part....the bark(maybe to young) doesn't look like ash bark does it? Also it does look like Hickory BUT it has the 5 leaf pattern like hickory.

I'm comparing all this to this site it shows the different leaf patter of the different types of Ash and toward the very bottom it shows the Hickory leaf patter. 5 leaves?


deguerre 11-13-2012 04:55 PM

The flowers have me stumped though.

AustinKnight 11-13-2012 05:56 PM

The first thing that came to mind was ash, great for shade:D

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martyleach 11-13-2012 08:22 PM

That'd be an ash. 90% confidence. Leaves little seed pods everywhere...

CarolinaQue 11-13-2012 08:26 PM

Yep...another vote for ash. Definately not a hickory.

cliffcarter 11-13-2012 08:38 PM

Might be an ash native to the western U.S.
Have you noticed any nuts associated with it? Leaves and bark resemble English Walnut, the female flowers appear with the leaves, see deguerre's comment above.
Female flowers of English Walnut-

The photo above was found at this site-

Jethro1 11-13-2012 09:36 PM

Mikeyd. Show the pictures to your local cooperative extension. Go to the source.

mikeyd 11-14-2012 04:36 PM

Ok let's say it is a Ash it good cooking wood for my Santa Maria?

martyleach 11-14-2012 08:34 PM

Give it a try and smell the smoke. Cook a fatty on it or something cheap. I have never tried ash and I would be interested to know how it is.

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