Photos of Burls

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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by edfrank » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:08 pm

Rob Mcbride

Burl or Burr or ? We call this tree the Hobbit tree as it has a wooden cave big enough to house many hobbits!...the Oak is 3m+ girth and the burl is 10m around or just over 32 feet... I don't know what you would call this type of growth really? Hollowed out by bracket fungi over many years...
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Britain In A Day - BBC2 - Tree Hunter Rob McBride - The 'Hobbit Oak' tree.
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by edfrank » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:04 pm

Zane Moore

This is a burl on a 4000+ year old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longeava). I'm not exactly sure how these things form, but the rings on this particular tree are around 100 per inch. I am very curious how many rings there are in this burl. It's around 6 inches and is almost definitely over 600 years old. This is in the White Mountains of California, by the way. That is the location of the oldest trees in the world, such as the Methuselah Tree and a few even over 5000 years old. Many of the newly discovered trees older than Methuselah are only known to a small handful of dendrochronologists.
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How do we know the trees are over 5000 years old? Just recently, last year before his death, Tom Harlan dated a core that Schulman took in the 50s. It was one of Methuselah's neighbors. It was never dated until 2012 despite the fact that Schulman thought it to be older. The tree turned out to be 5062 years old last year (5063 in 2013). This is widely unknown and there are other trees that are likely older elsewhere in the White Mountains. Many have been cored but not dated.

The biggest goal right now is expanding the chronology from 7000 years ago to 11000 years ago. There is a 1000 year old chronology that has been carbon dated back to 11400 years ago, but there is no match with the 7000 year-old chronology developed by Ferguson a few decades ago. The wood that spans the gap is going to be the most valuable wood in the world. Dendrochronologists are focusing on that wood instead of the oldest living trees at the moment, as "deadwood" is going to prove to be much more valuable than knowing the oldest living organism at the moment.

Bristlecones are amazing trees and live in super dry climates. There is little water, little to compete with, and the trees grow for about 45 days each year. The rest of the time they stand there dormant, surviving the harsh conditions. The only thing known to kill bristlecones is erosion as there are no natural predators. Lightning and fire almost always kills individuals, but since the forest is spread out, fires do not usually jump from tree to tree.

You might find this interesting. This site is the most complete file on the oldest trees of different species on earth. The dendrochronologist who works on this lives in Fort Collins where I go to school and is extremely awesome!

http://www.rmtrr.org/oldlist.htm

Last year (2012), Methuselah surpassed Prometheus (the "oldest tree" that was cut down). The "oldest" tree is in the lead by over 200 years. That tree does not have an official name or pictures online. The Methuselah Tree had a few published photographs. There is so much restriction now in the White Mountains (Inyo National Forest) that they want to protect these trees in anyway possible. In order to do this, they refuse to name, show pictures, or even mention that there is a tree older than Methuselah.
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by edfrank » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:11 pm

Chris Budesa

Red Maple. About two feet in diameter. West Orange, NJ. I do not usually think of burls being at the base of the tree. took a close-up of the higher burl and camera alerted me: "BLINK DETECTED". bark disturbed.
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by mdvaden » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:34 pm

edfrank wrote:Tom Kimmerer

Today's tree reminds me of someone... Oh, I know: Cookie Monster. Silver maple, Acer saccharinum.
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Hi Frank ... Hey ... not sure if it's burl or not ... but like 100 feet or more up the Boy Scout Tree in Jedediah Smith is the Simpson character lips kind of growth. Pretty big .. goes half way around the trunk ...
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by Don » Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:50 pm

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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by Don » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:31 pm

Zane-
While I can't bring up any bristlecones with burls, I am fascinated by there growth forms. I'll attach a few of note below:
What Environmental Condition 'Krumholzed' These Bristlecone Pines?
What Environmental Condition 'Krumholzed' These Bristlecone Pines?
With Our Yellow Lab (dearly departed) on the Left for Scale, We Have a Measuring Conundrum...
With Our Yellow Lab (dearly departed) on the Left for Scale, We Have a Measuring Conundrum...
Apologies For Amateurish Snap of the Interpretive Sign with Surprisingly Good Content!
Apologies For Amateurish Snap of the Interpretive Sign with Surprisingly Good Content!
Per Interpretive Sign Comment, this would be a 'twister'...
Per Interpretive Sign Comment, this would be a 'twister'...
With Hastily Placed Jacket for Scale (6'5", wrist to wrist), This Tree Had Aluminum Tag Reading in Part "#0", and is Just 20' Feet Above the 'Twister' and Interpretive Sign. From Left to Right, Approximately 12-15' When Measured Perpendicular to Stem(s?).
With Hastily Placed Jacket for Scale (6'5", wrist to wrist), This Tree Had Aluminum Tag Reading in Part "#0", and is Just 20' Feet Above the 'Twister' and Interpretive Sign. From Left to Right, Approximately 12-15' When Measured Perpendicular to Stem(s?).
Approximately Twenty-five Air Miles West of the Schulman Grove in the White Mountains, is a Foxtail Pine-Lodgepole Pine Ecosystem in the Sierra Nevadas, from 9-10,000' between Horseshoe Meadow and Cottonwood Pass
Approximately Twenty-five Air Miles West of the Schulman Grove in the White Mountains, is a Foxtail Pine-Lodgepole Pine Ecosystem in the Sierra Nevadas, from 9-10,000' between Horseshoe Meadow and Cottonwood Pass
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by edfrank » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:33 pm

From Patty Jenkins:
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by edfrank » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:07 pm

James Robert Smith

Here's a burl I saw on the Appalachian Trail near McAfee Knob.
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Here's another (lesser) burl from a tree on the same backpacking trip. Very near the VA/WV border. (I think the tree was a white oak...but I can't remember.)
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by John Harvey » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:46 am

White Cedar burls, New Jersey.
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Re: Photos of Burls

Post by edfrank » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:18 pm

Stefanie Brenzinger

hier is auch sowas, aufgenommen im spessart-unterfranken bayern 03.06.2013 es ist eine buche
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Here also is something added to Spessart region-Lower Franconia bavaria 03.06.2013 it is a beech tree
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