Beach, Birch, or Elm?

edlincoln(6A)August 14, 2014

My parents own a small forested lot adjacent to ther summer house. I thought I'd trans;ant some of the saplings growing there. Is this an American Beach, a Birch, and Elm, or something else? Is it worth transplanting?

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lycopus(z5 NY)

The leaves in the foreground are of beech. There is a birch on the left.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:42AM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

I would suggest you'll find extreme difficulty if you think you're going to successfully transplant either at that size. Or maybe unless you have power equipment...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:44AM
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edlincoln(6A)

Thanks!

No, I'm not going to transplant those particular specimens. There are a bunch of similar trees in the area. I figured the bigger ones would provide more information to identify them.

This is one of the specimens I'm debating digging up. A little over a foot tall.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 5:28PM
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esh_ga

Even now you should be able to see the beginnings of the leaf buds for next year (tucked in by the stem, next to the leaf) and once you recognize those, you can pick out the babies too.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:01PM
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edlincoln(6A)

Do the buds next to the leaf base mean it is a birch, a beach, or an elm? I'm trying to find beach.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 11:35PM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

All trees will have buds for next year's leaves; usually at the base of this year's leaves. If you are into it you can identify woody plants in winter by just the buds. What esh is talking about, though, is that beech trees have big long needle shaped buds that are unlike anything else around - you should be able to easily identify beech seedlings by looking at the buds. There are a couple buds about half out of your picture in the lower left.

Elm and birch buds are pretty generic, they're a lot harder to tell apart.

WW

Here is a link that might be useful: Beech buds

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 3:10AM
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