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ID this tree (volunteer sapling) zone 5a New England

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I’m hoping someone can ID this sapling for me. Zone 5a New England

DH took these pics, but I may not have asked him to include the main “trunk” and branches.

The leaves feel a bit sticky and tacky. So e of the new leaves toward the top are starting to look a bit damaged or discolred by something. I will try to get additional photos, and, of course, let me know if there are other views or information that will help you identify this tree.

The tree is located in a clearing (our home lot) in deciduous woods close to wetlands, streams and ponds. Other trees in the immediate area include:

Acer rubrum (red maple), red oak, paper birch, ash, white pine, hemlock, American Chestnut (that only grows to about 10 to 12 ft. before succumbing to disease (blight).

see browning at top?

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