Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Coppiced rowan

Rowan coppices very well. According to Loudon in his Arboretum et fruticetum Britannicum "In Britain, the tree forms excellent coppice wood, the shoots being well adapted for poles and for making excellent hoops; and the bark being in demand by tanners." The wood was also second only to yew for bow making.

In the ancient woodland at the bottom of our garden there is a fine example of a coppiced rowan. It stands on the edge of a transmission line ride where it gets a high level of insolation. The slender poles with their smooth, slightly shining, dove grey bark makes a telling landscape feature.

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