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    I see these all over town and was wondering what these are. They get upwards of 9 feet tall and always in these groups. They could be suckers from a cut tree but there usually isn't a trunk in the group. I know leaves would help but I havnt seen any yet. Will check in spring. They look like giant asparagus with how they taper. They have a large pith on the center.

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    These taper to a point. Some stand well over 11 feet tall. I trimmed a few and will see how they dry to make a staff. The pith should even hollow out easy and make for a light staff. I just hope that they wont crack too much.

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    Thistle standing next to them. She wants a new walking stick.

    Large pith


    Close up


    Bark strips off easy as pie.

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    Looks like some type of sumac, loses branches in winter? Not a very good wood, berries make a pink lemonade type drink.

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    I should have gotten pics of the leaves. Not many around but dried ones caught between sticks. It seems less fuzzy and straighter than sumac. Also, I dont think we have it here.
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    I'm no tree expert, but it might be willow. Does it have little fuzzy nubs on it where the buds would be? I know willow will grow back in stalks after you have coppiced it.

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    my guess would be stump sprouts of Ailanthus altissima aka tree of heaven aka stinking sumac see:

    http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management...number=182.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain girl View Post
    I'm no tree expert, but it might be willow. Does it have little fuzzy nubs on it where the buds would be? I know willow will grow back in stalks after you have coppiced it.
    Nope no fuzzy buds. Yeah you cant kill willow short of a napalm strike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    my guess would be stump sprouts of Ailanthus altissima aka tree of heaven aka stinking sumac see:

    http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management...number=182.php
    Oh, we may be closing in there. Few pics look similar. The cuts btw are a bit pungent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hog On Ice View Post
    my guess would be stump sprouts of Ailanthus altissima aka tree of heaven aka stinking sumac see:

    http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management...number=182.php
    It looked to me like sumac as well. If there was a pungent odor when you were stripping the bark.....it is likely sumac.

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