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Tulip poplar trees

Are they of any benefit to wildlife? I never see any signs of life in the patch we have growing on our property. If I cut them down should I leave the trunks there or take the trunks and leave the tree tops? I know the tree tops will be good for winter browsing and make a nice thicket for them to hide.

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Re: Tulip poplar trees

The logs are not worth much. A few times a year there is a demand, then everyone cuts them, then back to worthless. They have no food value for deer. You are correct, leaving the tops is very beneficial. If you have them cut, plant three oak trees for every Poplar you removed.

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Re: Tulip poplar trees

after you cut them down, the re-growth is beneficial!!! grouse will come! the logs rot out pretty quickly, I cut some with 24-28" trunks, down about 5 years ago and they are just about gone, just mushy logs that are mostly decomposed are left, bee's love the spring blossoms, no use for deer till you have that new re gen.
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Re: Tulip poplar trees

The deer hammer the stump sprouts that come up from cut tulip poplars on my place. Even with that, they usually can't keep up with the new growth and soon they contribute to the thick mess that they were intended for.

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Re: Tulip poplar trees

If tulip poplar is the tree I'm thinking of aren't the seed pods loved by squirrels and turkeys?
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Not worth much? I got over 10k for mostly tulip poplar about 3 years ago at the bottom of the economy. This was high quality wood though. They aren't worth much compared to other hardwoods but they are worth something to someone. Deer will hammer the tops once they are cut and you'll have a million new trees come up the next spring.
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Re: Tulip poplar trees

No, in the scope of logging a tract of land, they are not worth much. 10K is fuel and expenses on a big job.

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Re: Tulip poplar trees

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If tulip poplar is the tree I'm thinking of aren't the seed pods loved by squirrels and turkeys?
...You might be thinking of honeylocust? Tulip Poplar really doesn't have a seed pod, it actually flowers, which then eventually dry out and fall off. I've never disected one of these flowers, but I would imagine it would contain seed.

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Re: Tulip poplar trees

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Tulip Poplar really doesn't have a seed pod, it actually flowers, which then eventually dry out and fall off. I've never disected one of these flowers, but I would imagine it would contain seed.
Tulip Poplars do have seeds and they usually are falling this time of year and you'll see them on top of the snow. I've seen songbirds eating them out of the tree so I imagine turkeys would eat them also.
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