There is a tree called SweetGum which has a very unique
characteristic. It wont break and cant be split
with a hydralic log splitter.
I was clearing some trees with a large Track Loader
CAT 963 a few summers ago and the neat thing to do
was to push the trees over so that the root balls
pop out of the ground and then just push
the trees out of the way.
These Sweetgum trees... Their trunks would bend
at the top of the soil and the 35000 pound Cat
track loader would skim the bark off the trunk
as I rode over the tree thinking the root had
popped out. When I got past the tree, the
tree trunk sprung back almost straight up.
Get what I am saying here ? If ribs were made
of this stuff I dont think they would break.
The tree acts like it is made of rubber or something.
I hate them. They have bark that looks like oak or
hickory ( which I thought they were) and I had a
whole load of sectioned trunk pieces dumped off
at my property to be split up into firewood by me
with my 20 ton log splitter and it wouldnt split them.