Bink, I have one growing in the yard that is about 15 years old but it hasn't grown like the hybrid they are talking about, its about 6 inches at chest and about 30 feet tall, its a beautiful tree. I haven't seen any seedlings coming up anywhere but I have heard from others that they will spread, if the wood is valuable, let'm go. I have a serious problem with popcorn trees from Asia and the Chinese Privet Hedge, also now have a start of Cogon grass, this is one grass you need to know how to identify and nip in bud before it has a chance to spread.Bink said:Hm. Wonder if there's a catch? Does it become invasive?
Your right, here's a more realistic view.agmantoo said:I have a few native Paulownia trees and recently when speaking to a forester the subject came up as to their value. He stated that periodically some Asian buyers did come thru and that they would pay a premium. There is a catch however. The buyers only want those grown in deep woods that have 20+ growth rings to the inch! There is no demand for the wood from those that are grown rapidly with few growth rings. Sounds as if this is another pyramid scheme with just a different "animal"
Thatch, I had to look up coppice, first time I've ever heard that word used. If I understand the pruning procedure with these hybrids they cut the first year growth back to the ground and it produces 4 or 5 sprouts, the best looking one is kept. I guess you get faster growth with the sprouts.Thatch said:Anyone know if you can effectively coppice this sort of tree (as you would hazel)?