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Forum topic by mahdee posted 11-17-2013 03:57 PM 997 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2013 03:57 PM

A while back I had a visitor who was wondering if I was interested in selling 5 empress threes that were growing in my land. He offered me $2/BF and I took the offer. Later on googled the prices for these trees and found out you can make $10 G’s per 5 acre growing these. My trees were 25 years old and I am thinking the visitor made a pretty good profit. He told me he ships them to Japan where they make boxes, shoes and etc. He left me 2 logs about 8” in diameter which I have no idea what to do with. The tree is very light in weight and almost like a cane with a whole going in the center.


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#1 posted 11-17-2013 09:07 PM

If we are talking about the same tree, it is interesting that they are considered to be an invasive species or a weed tree.

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 10:20 PM

Are we talking Paulownia? It’s a very sought after wood in Japan. Light weight but strong with no strong grain patterns. A lot of pullsaw handles, shoji Kumiko screens, getas (a kind of footwear), and even bento boxes are made of the wood.They even shave wide boards to make a natural gift wrap for special gifts. Hope this helps…...Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 11:18 AM

Pretty flowers, garbage tree. My guy brought some seeds in and planted them.We didn’t know what they were until they started GROWING.Fast they are !
I i.d’d them from the leaves and ripped them out pronto. Invasive and a botanical garden aren’t a mix. My heliconia collections are bad enough.
If you live in the south take a shot at Tabebuia Impetigenosa Cordia species,Hymania, Enterolobium cyclocarpum and Astronium graveolens. They’re all fairly fast and yield awesome wood. You merkinz know them as Ipe, Goncalo Alves, Bocote,Jatoba…......
Mahogany grows decent in the south of merika too, even though it’s native to America ;-)
You’re blessed with many fruit and nut trees. Plant those if you’re in the north.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 01:36 PM

Yes, these trees grow about 10’ a year. According to the guy, the tightness of the rings determines the price. These trees are not all that invasive, although they invade an range and don’t go beyond them. Loco, yes, I much rather grow some fast growing walnut than these. I have been cutting one of these to the ground every year for 4 years. Finally put a pile of wood on it and burned the root.. Guess what, they’re baaaaack.


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