Figured I'd get this thing started! This is the upstate NY 2019 thread. Looking forward to this season!
Ash to me is a much finer, tighter looking x pattern with little variance on the outside ridges of the bark. I call it a zippered pattern. Elm tends to have more of a shaggy uneven texture with longer, taller x pattern. Sometimes even looks like rectangles.I seem to always confuse ash and elm. Short of the leaves, what are some good indicators of an ash or elm? Found a spot with lots of dying ash yesterday so hoping I'll have luck.
I'm not great with tree ID either. I've got ash and apple down easy. But elm always seems to be tricky. I try to focus more on the leaves from the fall. I can identify those well. So just find the right leaves and you'll be close to the right tree.I went out in Chautauqua county looking for good sites. Not much of interest out yet.
It's my first year and basically I'm going off of Adam Harringtons (Learn your land) videos on You Tube. American elm, and tulip poplars are the trees I've been searching for. Tree Id isn't my strong suit yet.
Stay away from standing water around the elms. Otherwise those areas should be great. Try to stay away from the elms that all the bark has fallen off from. Also if you don't find them one yr in a spot recheck it the following yr you might get a surprise. Happy hunting.Hobler
We seem to have a bunch around me here in WNY. Mainly in creek bottoms, pastures and along the roads. Are you finding your morels under similarly located elms?
Take a sample of bark & snap it in half. It will be layered like aI seem to always confuse ash and elm. Short of the leaves, what are some good indicators of an ash or elm? Found a spot with lots of dying ash yesterday so hoping I'll have luck.