7 timber trees
Nothing to do with orchards you say? Wrong. These trees provide internal shelter and many of them are also fruit-bearing. The bonus is their leaves fall in autumn to create soil humus full of nutrients.
I am interested in growing carving and turning timbers to make trinkets and furniture in my old age, and just for fun, to see if they will grow. Luckily coastal shelter enables the production of some fabulous northern hemisphere timber trees.
• black walnut,
• chestnut, Castanea sativa • Linden/lime, Tilia platyphyllos • English oak, Quercus robur,
slow growing but worth the wait • wych elm, Ulmus glabra, also slow growing but worth the wait • ash, Fraxinus excelsior, grows quite fast in rainy climates and is a good stable timber for furniture, allowing itself to be steam-bent better than most others • Alder spp, grows like topsy, and the orange wood is great for shoemakers, firewood, and charcoal production, as another diversification of your selfsufficient lifestyle orchard.