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Question DetailsAsked on 5/17/2017

I have a 200 plus foot Tulip Poplar tree with a straight huge diameter trunk.

I have been told that the wood could be of value and might offset the cost of taking it down. Who might be
interested in Sewickley, PA 15143? I would like the tree to come down

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Not likely 200 feet - current record tulip poplar (aka yellow Poplar) is 177 feet, they rarely grow over 120 feet, and about 70-90 is normal mature tree height.

But anyway - yellow poplar is very near the bottom of the list as far as commercial wood value - rarely used for structural wood purposes because it is weak and splits easily and is also prone to rot and insect damage when cured - most commonly used as cheap plywood veneer or paper pukp. Sometimes used for flooring, siding - and in limited quantities for furniture and toys and wagon/carriage beds (not many of them made these days), but basically a single tree is very highly unlikely to pay for the cost of felling and transporting it, and local sawmills or veneer tree lumber companies are pretty unlikely to want to go to the effort of coming to take it away for free. Generally is taken commercially only along with cutting for hardwoods, which it commonly grows amongst - so minimal sale value if taken with high-value trees but gaenerally considered a junk wood in most areas by itself.

I have seen cases where people tried to sell yellow poplar and quaking aspen and related low-quality trees and could not get ANY bids even for a dozen or two large trees - most lumber companies are looking for at least 50-100 minimum to be worth setting up and getting the permits.

Tree Service is your Search the List category to find a company to take it down (and away if you want).

You can find a number of previous similar questions with answers about wood in exchange in the Lawn & Garden - Tree Service link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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