Help? Unidentifiable Collection

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I collected this tree in the Clarksburg and Fairmont area of West Virginia. Lots of hills and mountains.

I really have no clue what species it is. I have been searching all over the internet for something close to it. Lots of Beech grow where I dug it up, but I know it's not beech.

The new buds are bright pink as you can see and old buds are deep red. Along with newer growth being a reddish color. The bark is grey and on the newer branches there are short and long internodes depending on how much sunlight they got.

When I found it, almost the whole tree had slowly bent over from gravity due to a majority of the trunk being dead. Even though it was at an 85 degree angle, it hadn't snapped and it was still alive. So I decided to cut off the bent part and collect it to take home.

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sorce

Nonsense Rascal
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@GGB Freeman Maple or some hybrid yes?

Seems just like mine. Only them old grey barked branches grew....like they did!

Sorce
 

sorce

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And if anyone says they don't make tight internodes, or the resulting ramifications or tiny leaves...

Show them this pic IMG_5876.JPG

Drop an Eff bomb on em if you're into that...

Or just don't believe them!

Sorce
 
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I definitely wouldn't rule out freeman's maple, but it could just as easily be red (rubrum) silver or invasive norway. You'll know in a few days when those leaves open up. or atleast... us maple guys will know ha. Just keep us posted
 
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An app that might help in the future is "Plantnet Plant Identification". I've used it several times to help ID plants. You upload a few pictures to the site and it will give you a list of plants with photos to choose from. Supposedly their community will verify or help you out but I have yet to see or here anything. However, I was able to make identifications on all the trees with fairly good comfort.
 

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