If you think structural lumber is bad now...

..wait until this stuff takes over the forests:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/science/20tree.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
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Princess trees from China have already taken over. They grow fast like weeds and the wood causes a horrid rash. He leaves have medicinal use however
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wow
http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=New%20York&statefips6&symbol=PATO2
It's just a matter of time before it jumps the St. Laurence... or the falls.
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Michael Bulatovich wrote:

Different tree. Those are Pawlonias, first planted in the US by Thomas Jefferson, and his original tree STILL SURVIVES!
The Pawlonia is excellent, beuatiful and has beuatiful, workable, lightweight wood prized by Chinese and Japanese for wedding boxes and other furniture and decorative elements.
Maybe I got the common name wrong. Will look for our pest tree.....
Virginia, where the Pawlonias first took over , there is a problem with international poachers since the trunks go for upwards of 3 thousand bucks per....

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I read the wood is prized by the Japanese. There's your balance of trade problem solved. hehe

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Michael Bulatovich wrote:

Hm, my mistake It is still valuable, worth planting , all that, grows nicely in more northern climes, seen beautiful specimins in northern PA, likes mountains, can grow in an ornamental way in the fissures of rocks

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I had a couple of conversations with one of the fellows working in Summerville, SC. He was working on something beside eucalyptus - something fast growing for North America. I suggested trees with more lignin for construction, but he wasn't interested.
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I wonder if More Lignin = Slower Growing.
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If the lignum is slow growing, perhaps Viagra...? :)~
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Is that a gun under your chin?
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I don't think any of you can see the forest for the trees.
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Let'em see it for themselves.
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