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Hybrid Willow Tree Grows 8 ft Per Year
"The rapid growth of these trees is nearly impossible to believe," says Neil Curry, Australian nurseryman who's promoting a new fast-growing hybrid willow tree that'll soon be on the U.S. market.
Developed in New Zealand as a cross between South American, Chinese and European willows, the new hybrid shoots up 8 ft. or more the first year and reaches at least 40 ft. by its fifth year. If planted about 3 ft. apart, it'll form an effective windbreak or snowfence after just one year, acording to Curry.
"In addition to their fast rate of growth and windbreak potential, they also work great to control erosion. Some farmers even use them as fodder for sheep since the leaves are highly palatable with good nutritional value. These trees also make a highly attractive addition to any farm," says Curry, noting that the tree easily adapts to both cold and warm weather climates.
The hybrid was first grown in New Zealand in 1973. Acceptance was so rapid that today millions are planted each year. Curry brought the tree to Australia 2 years ago and now he's beginning exports to the U.S. and Canada. Although final arrangements have not yet been made, Curry expects the trees to sell for between $1 and $2 apiece.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Neil Curry, Tree & Country Australia, 187 Boundary Road, Narre Warren East, Victoria, 3804 Australia (ph 613 7968969 or 61 59 412761 between 3:00 p.m. and 12 midnight U.S. time).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5