Wood ID

from a neighbor’s tree she thinks is American elm.

The wood is the color of cinnamon, very dense ,straight grain.

We cut it down today because it was dying and full of bugs.I’ve never seen the inside of a tree this color.

prolly red elm n/m

were any leaves available
to aid in identification?

If so, check the boy Scout manual or online leaf collections.


Tree worker here
Take a picture of said wood.Is there ANY white “sap wood”?

No white inside the bark. No leaves.

Cut down an elm and used some wood
for paddle t-grips. Wood color of dark honey. Very little sapwood. Relatively straight grained, dense, not porous. Small knots due to tendency of the tree to form small branchlets along the large limbs. Wood resistant to rot based on longevity of what I cut and left piled for firewood.

These particular trees were plagued in the summer by elm leaf miners, beetle larva which ate out the green in the small leaves. By late summer, the trees were grey from loss of green in leaves. The adult beetles would over-winter in places like my storage shed, and then re-start the cycle.

Of course these could not have been American elms, because American elms are near extinct in our area. They did not look like Chinese elms. Slippery elms? Something else?

We don’t live there anymore. I would like to have more of that wood for small furniture projects. It was very attractive with interesting grain.

Try to split it. Ha!
If it’s American Elm, splitting it for firewood will tell you with certainty. There’s nothing else like it. You start the split, and bits and pieces of the grain criss-cross across the split. After several attempts, you will finally have to “shake apart” the two pieces. It’s very tough wood, and pretty good fire wood, but I’ve never seen such goofy grain in any other wood I’ve split. Most people who burn wood avoid it like the plague for that reason. I hear that in the old days, elm was very popular for tool handles, especially shovels and picks because it’s so tough.

That’s called interlocking grain. Cherry
also has it, but to a lesser extent.

I was able to split our elm, but only because I had the foresight to saw it into fairly short lengths. It did not split cleanly.

Splits fairly easily.Try Sweetgum.

Bring enough for the whole class? NM

yeah is why I said red elm
Same as Slippery Elm. The fact that is alive (Dutch Elm Disease) but is plagued by bugs, which I assumed were Elm Leaf Bugs…

Then there was the fact it looks like an American Elm and has the reddish hued wood, and is East Coast.

Sounds to me like Red (Slippery) Elm.

Look at the end grain…
With Elm the late growth or summer wood pores are arranged in wavy bands or squiggles,it can remind you of a tire tread pattern.

Many examples here.


That looks like it.