I attached three close up pictures if the bark. It looks kinda spongey when you look at it in person. The leaf picture was the biggest leaf I could reach, and when I crunched up the leaf and smelled it, it didn't smell bad at all. It smelt very green! Thanks!That's either big leaf maple, silver maple, or red maple. I need 3 more things. A close up picture of the bark, a large sized leaf compared to your hand, and if you crush up a leaf does it smell bad?
Thanks so much! So if they eat the bark or leaves it won't hurt them (even thought I'll probably put chicken wire around it)?That looks very much like Silver maple. This time of year a Red Maple would have clusters of red fruit or blossoms. That's how you can tell the difference, a Red Maple always has something red on it, fruit, flowers, or leaves.
The spongie stuff on the bark is Reindeer Lichen, that will lead your goats to strip the tree. Wrapping it in chicken netting works very well to keep trees alive around the little beasts.