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Paulownia

  • Author:Anny Guo
  • Source:Network
  • Release on :2015-01-16
Paulownia is used in Chinese agroforestry systems because it grows fast, its wood is light but strong, its flowers are rich in nectar, itsleaves make good fodder for farm animals, it is deep-rooting, and it is late-leafing and its canopy is quite sparse so that crops below it get bothlight enough to grow and shelter.
Paulownia wood is very light, fine-grained, soft, and warp-resistant and is used for 
chests, boxes, and clogs (geta). Its low silica content reduces dulling of blades, making it a preferred wood for boxes to hold fine Japanese edge tools. The wood is burned to make charcoal for sketching and powder for fireworks, the bark is made into a dye The silvery-grey wood is sliced into veneers for special visiting cards.