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Pear branches, Date palm branches suitable for hugel bed?

 
Sam Kim
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Location: Zone 8a
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Hey y'all. I've been researching hugelkultur for about two months now, along with companion plants and various permaculture related projects.
I am planning on starting a 16' x 6' x 2' hugel bed (partly buried) soon. I am in the process of gathering wood and have collected various woods and cuttings over the past few weeks. (I plan on primarily using oak trunks for the bed/on the deeper levels).

My question is, are pear branches and date palm branches suitable to be placed in my hugel bed? Judging for the past flowers, branches and ornamental buds, I believe the pears are from Bradford pear trees. I've read up on the good/bad wood types thread for hugelkultur and have heard of people using pear trees. I have also heard of Bradford pears spoken poorly spoken as they are referred to as an invasive species, which may make them ill-suited for hugel as they may grow quickly and easily rather than dying.

Beyond the good/bad types of woods for hugel, I could not find any information on using either of these woods for hugel. If anyone could shed some light on the possible use, that'd be great!

Thanks everyone!!!
 
Stephen Layne
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Location: NE Ga, Zone 7b/8a
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My experience with Bradford Pear wood in hugleculture has been a postive one. I made a hugle of branches cut during the winter and there were no pear sprouts the next spring. Bradford pear rots quickly and I would not hesitate to use it again. The non rotten wood makes a decent firewood if you keep it out of the rain.
Bradford pears are invasive from spread seeds, mostly although I have seen occasional root suckers.
 
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