This tree is growing in Southwest Virginia. There are plenty of maple, oak, poplar and hickory nearby. Mature section of forest, probably not logged in 100 years or more.
It’s probably a bit over a foot in diameter and straight and tall, probably well over 50’. It just so happens there was this small bit of leaves about 8’ off the ground I could barely reach a camera to. The bark is what first caught my attention, I didn’t immediately recognize what it was.
The bark is slightly reminiscent of basswood but the leaves are certainly different, they look more like… Well I’m not sure what.
I’m pretty good at ID’ing trees, my father is far better, he had no idea what it was either. It’s probably something simple and we’re just “missing the forest for the trees”, but so far I’ve no idea… Any thoughts?