5 – Hybrid Poplar
2 – Silver Maple
2 – Hybrid Willow
Due to seasonal variations and supply limitations we reserve the right to make appropriate substitutions but you will receive 9 excellent fodder trees
Hybrid Poplar – Populus x sp.
USDA 3-9 Grows like a weed and handles being coppiced and pollarded exceedingly well. Great results feeding rabbits, goats, and sheep a diet of Hybrid Poplar, almost equivalent to alfalfa in most respects. Probably my #2 for all around best fodder leaf for the broadest range of the USA. Also because of it’s rapid growth and high protein content, that means it has great nitrogen available to build healthy soil. Just chop it up and lay it on the soil to rot as mulch!
Silver Maple – Acer saccharinum
USDA 3-10 Adaptable to a wide variety of site conditions and climates. Leaves are green on top with silvery white sheen underneath. Often flips it’s leaves when barometric pressure drops prior to a storm rolling in. Shallow and fibrous roots make it easy to transplant, regrows vigorously and is an excellent candidate for coppicing for firewood and fodder as well as chop and drop mulch material. Large seeds provide a good wildlife food source.
Hybrid Willow – Salix x sp.
USDA 3-10 Extremely fast growing willow hybrid. Widely adaptable to most soil types and conditions. Does best in moist to wet environments, tolerates seasonal flooding. Excellent root net enables very effective erosion control.