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Tree Identification please

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Would someone please positively id this tree for me? (See attached pic)

Location is Southern Tennessee/ North Georgia.

They don't get big on the hill side I'm at, bugs get them and they die off usually around 3-4 inches in diameter.

Anyone know what it is?

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It reminds me of the leaves on a tree I was suckered into buying in Arizona, called a Carrotwood.
It never took off, I got the plant at about 6 feet tall and after the second season I replaced it. I remember looking them up online and Florida considered them a noxious weed.

Here is a link to google images Carrotwood
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The leaves look the same.
The bark could be three same except for the nodules, which all the ones I've seen, they all seem to have.

Found a website that shows bark, leaves etc here:


I'm wondering if there is something here causing all the nodules and killing them off? Hmmm?

I've noticed something is going on one side of the hill were these trees are. Many fallen trees, yet on the other side of the hill/mountain, I only spotted one or two trees fallen. Getting more curious about it now.

I may see if I can find possibly a student with UTC that might take an interest and see what's going on. Whether it's soil or an above ground issue.

I may take a core sampling of this "carrot wood" tree up to UTC and see if in fact that's what it is. They should be able to make a confirmation.

And thanks, you're the first to put a name to this tree.

I thought it was some sort of birch.

The bark on a healthy carrot wood tree does look nice from the pics I saw. I wonder how the wood is to work with?

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