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What to do with China Berry Trees  RSS feed

 
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Hi All,

I have a number of China Berry trees in my yard that need to go. It looks a few of them must have been intentionally planted by previous owners but they are invasive and have cropped up all over my 1/5 acre plot of land. I have cut down a few and will use some for firewood. I have used a few branches and rounds for rustic furniture but am wondering if anyone has any suggestions with what I could do with most of the branches and wood that I end up getting. Although I could potentially save a lot of the wood for fires, the trees send of copious thing branches that would not be worth saving to burn in a wood stove and take up a lot of room.

The China Berry is allelopathic and so it seems that unfortunately they would not be suitable to be used in hugel beds. Does anyone have a suggestion for something productive I could do with these trees when I cut them down rather than have a burn them? I would hate to see them go to waste.

I'm also wondering if anyone has dealt with these trees or something similar and eradicated them successfully. Two that have been cut down have already grown back about 3 feet in 6 months. I would be interested to know what kind of natural herbicides people have used to successfully eradicate invasive trees. Thanks.
 
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I had never heard of them so I just looked them up. From what I am reading, the wood is great to use in wood working and similar to mahogony but underutilized because it is not as well known in the States. Branches with the dried fruits are usually sold for arrangements for holiday decorations and leaves can be used as a natural insecticide in stored food to keep pests out of them. They are toxic to humans but great for birds.  I would check with some wood working companies to see if they would like to harvest your trees for the wood or check with local landscaping, gift and Floral shops to see if they would like branches and berries to buy for arrangements.  Also the dried berries can be used as beads and were at 1 point used for rosaries until they were replaced with plastic
 
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