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Re: Paulownia - ever saw it?
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2018, 11:11:53 PM »
This is what we sell as palownia.  Heavy grain, light wood.  Pretty. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2018, 01:05:05 AM »
I suspect the red tint might be an older tree, if it was a specimen tree in an older garden? Might account for the colour.

And I agree that to produce the best timber, you want to manage the trees for it. If I remember right there is a specific management for paulownia, where the sapling is basically cut off at ground level after a couple of years. The remaining stump then sends up a new stump sprout, that grows about 12ft straight up in the next year. Once that gets established, lop off any lower branches and leave it for ~20 more years to to grow into an actual saw log.
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Re: Paulownia - ever saw it?
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2018, 02:14:06 PM »
I didn't know what it was when I first saw the log.  Fortunately, it still had some small twigs sprouting from the log, still green.  Opposite stems, large heart shaped leaves.  Took one home and looked it up - had never heard of that species. Wood database mentioned pale white sapwood, grayish heartwood with purple or reddish tinges - very lightweight.  Matched up.  Supposed to be similar to catalpa.
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Re: Paulownia - ever saw it?
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2018, 07:07:18 PM »
Other Paulownia threads.... there are 4 pages of hits with paulownia in the title....

http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,50361.msg727619.html#msg727619
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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2018, 09:09:24 PM »
Quite a few will also have a hollow spot at where the pith would be.  At least the ones around here do.  Banjo
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