Mike Jay wrote:...cedar, oak, maple, poplar or white pine would react.
Not a tree but an observation on plant genetics from bamboo....
you can divide, air layer or take cuttings from bamboo and the clones grow better when the "parent" plant is young, eg a few months old.
the clones, dependent on species of bamboo, will live for decades then one year all clones all over the world will flower, seed and die.
This is at least evidence that cuttings in at least one plant family are aware of their genetic age, so it's possible tree cuttings know their "age" too.
I do not know, but I suspect that some trees lives can be extended by coppicing while others can not. I'm just trying to imagine how a coppiced/pollarded cedar, oak, maple, poplar or white pine would react.