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Old 17th September 2006, 10:10 AM   #1
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Best trees for firewood...

I know we are looking at a long term project here but hubby's been tossing around the idea that we should plant some trees for firewood. Gum; he seems keen on. Anyone have any ideas as to the best trees. The area where we think we will plant gets quite wet for about 2 months of the year...would that make a huge difference when deciding which tree to plant? Any ideas would be appreciated. We are in the Waikato. Thanks.
 
Old 17th September 2006, 11:03 AM   #2
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Hi BB

We planted about 20 Shining Gum (Eucalyptus nitens) about 4-5 years ago and they're coming along nicely considering they're so exposed. There is some infomation here:

http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/arti..._coppicing.htm

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Old 17th September 2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks Kate. Just what I wanted.
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Old 17th September 2006, 12:45 PM   #4
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Blue gums-nitens are great, they coppice too.
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I've just planted 300 firewood, shelter, and some timber trees - fun fun fun.

E.Nitens aren't so good on wet (or drought) sites.
E.Ovata Swamp Gum can handle wet and drought, and coppices.
Maybe an Alnus Cordata (Italian Alder) to add colour etc in Autumn.

There's a lot of factors to consider. What kind of other conditions are there - ie. predominant wind, soil type, amount of sun, temperature etc. What grows well at the neighbours etc.
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I go with the Ovata or swamp gum. I did quite a bit of research a couple of years ago and chose them. They are supposed to be the fastest growing too.

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Old 17th September 2006, 09:19 PM   #7
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I live on the wet west coast & speak from experience NITENS grow really well here, some will be coppiced next summer. We cut down 3 x 25 year old ones last summer & have enough firewood for 3 years & thats honest & our space heater goes all day!!! So does the coal range on coal. The alder also does well, but I dont think it is a firewood tree but looks nice in the shelter belt.

By the way I grew our nitens from seed. the ones we will be cutting were sown 8 years ago.
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quote:Originally posted by grannie Mary

I live on the wet west coast & speak from experience .... have enough firewood for 3 years & thats honest & our space heater goes all day!!! So does the coal range on coal.
Moral of the story - don't live on the west coast!
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Old 18th September 2006, 04:57 PM   #10
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We just planted 300 nitens on Saturday, the guy that is sorting all the landscaping for our new house said they would be the ones supplying firewood in the shortest time. So with an aching back I have my fingers crossed!
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I've golt a mixture of nitens and swamp gums and a few wattles as well. The first of the swamp gums (which get very wet feet in the winter) and the nitens are ready to be cut now after 7 years. I've chosen to cut them before they get too big so as to save work splitting them.
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Thanks guys. Sounds like the Swamp Gum is the tree for us.
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"southern woods" nursery has a very good tree selection tool

http://www.southernwoods.co.nz/search.asp
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Old 19th September 2006, 09:00 PM   #14
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One point when planting trees if you want them asa screen/windbreak, it pays to plant some shrubs (pittosporums, ake ake, flax,etc amongst them so the wind doesnt hit a wall of trees & bowl them, various, shapes & sizes lift the wind, looks more attractive too.
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... and ake ake makes very good firewood, but doesn't coppice too well.
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meant to say that i mail-ordered trees - i was overseas - from "southern woods" and they provided a very good service
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