Great thread . I like to practice this skill my self . Like Iz said a guy should learn the whole leaf scare bud and twig thing to be sure but thats a lot of work isn't it . Some of the others Ive been trying to learn are Sassafrass cause of the excellent tea . Tamarack , Slippery Elm and Basswood because of the edible inner bark .
For folks in the Northeast, there is a great ID book entitled "Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast"
It covers the most common trees in the area along with pictures of the bark in young, mature and old trees.. its amazing how much the bark can change over time.
Originally Posted by riverjoe
I heard Sassafrass is linked to cancer or something but don't know. The inner bark of Hemlock and Black birch are also edible. I prefer bacon. :)
Originally Posted by Woods Walker
Some of the literature out there says sassafras in large quantities is carcinogenic BUT then soooo is your bacon ... And some folks eat copious quantities of that ...