We have a lot of beech. The leaves look similar, but the bark on all of ours, large and small, is quite smooth, like the smaller tree in your photo. Quite unlike the larger tree. Were you referring to the larger tree with bumpy bark?
At first I was like "Mulberry, nah, they have mittens for keaves"
Then I looked, and sure enough red mulberry often has few or no "mitten" leaves.
The leaves do resemble red mulberry.
I'm still studying the bark.
Thanks for all the thoughtful replies.
Greg, I think you nailed it.
I have been back to the property since, and I think I have found momma hackberry.
There is a mature Catalpa of some sort located less than a block away.
I'm not sure if it's Catalpa bignoniodes (southern catalpa) and Catalpa speciosa (northern catalpa).
Weird thing, I've found these trees sprouting up in various places, but what spreads them?
It's not clear what eats the pods.
I will definitely try to transplant all of the trees, the Catalpa for future fence posts and the hackberry for food.
The rose of Sharon makes a decent hedge, and the flowers are both edible and beloved by bees.
I'm hoping to find some black walnut saplings to dig up and sell.
The momma black walnut is just now leafing out, so saplings should be leafing soon or already have.
They are easier to ID, by crushing/sniffing the leaves.