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henrywitika
Aug 11, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Aloha!

I'd like to plant a London Plane Tree, but I can't wait decades for it to grow. I've been reading all over that they've been genetically modifying plants & trees to be super fast growing. So, assuming they aren't talking rubbish, where abouts do I find a super fast gen. modified London plane tree, if it exists at all?

PS- GOODNESS ME it took me just about the longest time to find this forum on google (having been searching for any gardening, tree, or plant forum for over an hour), and I finally figured out how to post a question!! (tiny little button at the bottom of the forum page). Bizarre. Anyhoo, now that that hurdle has been crossed, onto my original reason for registering :)
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porkpal
Aug 11, 2017 11:06 AM CST
I have not heard of such plants but will be interested to learn from the responses.
Porkpal
New York
henrywitika
Aug 11, 2017 11:13 AM CST
porkpal said:I have not heard of such plants but will be interested to learn from the responses.


yeah there's a "hybrid poplar" that grows very quickly (maybe 2 metres a year I think without looking it up). There's also a hybrid willow, readily available in gardening shops online. I haven't found any others online though which is bizarre, considering the amount of time that has passed since the ability to make genetic modifications were announced decades ago.

I wonder if it's another case of fake hype in the media re: genetically modified fast growing trees, or if there are search terms I'm not aware of? There must surely be other species available.. london plane tree for example. I'm hoping there are some experts on this forum who can enlighten me / everyone.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 11, 2017 11:42 AM CST
Thanks, @henrywitika . Poplars and willows are already fast growing, short lived trees. I would be much more interested to hear that they can modify the growth of more durable trees. Anyone else know anything about this development?
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DaisyI
Aug 11, 2017 11:57 AM CST
Welcome! I'm glad you found us.

I've not heard of genetically engineered trees either but I did some research and found this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

London Plane Trees do grow fast by tree standards already. I planted one in my yard once (my children wanted a tree they could climb). In less than 10 years, the trunk was over 2 ft. in diameter. We took it out because it turned out I was deathly allergic to it. Most people take them out because they get HUGE! but you should consider that a lot of people are allergic to them.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 11, 2017 2:06 PM CST
@henrywitika, here is your original thread. If you have comments or more questions about genetically modified trees, London Plane Trees, suitable trees... post your new questions here.
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WillC
Aug 11, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Henry - I hope you are not confusing hybrid with genetically modified. Can you provide a link to one of your sources?
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sallyg
Aug 13, 2017 7:19 AM CST
I'd be extremely skeptical of anyone selling super fast trees.
There is a vendor online of 'fast growing trees' and many are poor choices for typical yards. Course,it depends on what you want and how much room you have.
https://www.fast-growing-trees...
Sycamore is eventually huge, somewhat messy. Huge leaves make for lots of raking. I have two, came with this 1/2 acre yard. I do have a soft spot for them but they were not good choices by the previous owner who planted them. They are also very common in the forest and roadside here, I expect they are in NY also.
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