I am considering planting a fast-growing tree which i can annually
butcher with my chainsaw for the purpose of shoving it into my wood
burning stove. I am led to believe this tree grows at an extraordinary
Does anyone know anything about it? Does it have reasonably dense wood?
(it's supposedly hardwood, although at that rate of growth i find it
difficult to accept). Also i dont want to plant an invasive
fast-spreading species that will upset the neighbours!
thanks in advance
On Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:36:46 +0000, pilchardthecat
Do your research online, the biggest library in the world, in your
house. Royal Empress is a common name for tree which has many
varieties. I do not think you'll get the results you want with this
tree for use as fire wood. While a hardwood, it is also very green
and takes a long time to dry. They are usually kiln dried in the
If you plant it here are some planting suggestions based on tree biology.
Wait a year before pruning branches maintaining a symplast and fertilizing.
Mulching a great idea if done correctly.
It's Paulownia tomentosa, It's a pretty bad weed in parts of the US, not
so bad in others.
It's extremely brittle wooded (I can snag a branch on a sleeve and break
it off without damaging my shirt, and the
one I've been trying to kill here (and all its nasty little offspring)
produces a wood that burns far faster on the bonfire than douglas fir or
vine maple. Looks like it's getting weedy in Germany also:
And it looks like it's escaped in Britain in at least several instances:
Hill, M., Baker, R., et al., (2005). Audit of non-native species in England.
English Nature Research Reports NĀ° 662, English Nature.
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