[NAFEX] Fruit trees for timber
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Mar 12 10:58:30 EST 2003
I can't comment from any specific personal experience, but some pears
really grow like a bean pole - strong central leader type growth. At one
time, Ken Asmus at OIKOS Tree Crops in Kalamazoo had some seedling strains
that he was pushing as a timber type, for lumber production at some time in
There are some 'figured-grained' black walnut varieties(Lamb's Curly,
Christoferson B-22, Pfister #1) that are available, if you've got any
desire to try your hand at grafting walnuts. Also, there's a 'Deming's
Purple', a pigmented BW - I've not seen it, but suspect that the wood is
pigmented. Del Stubbs might be able to comment on whether or not that
pigment is stable in cured lumber.
A number of the red-fleshed crab varieties have red/purple pigmented wood,
but again, I don't know how how stable that pigmentation is. You might be
able to graft them onto standard rootstocks , plant at high stem densities,
and do some pruning/training to encourage upright growth?
There have been some outfits in the recent past who've been pushing wild
black cherry, P.serotina, as a timber tree, and marketing select seedlings
grown from selected parents with good timber type and fast growth rates.
USDA Zone 6
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