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Jody Gomez
Posted on Monday, Sep 13, 1999 - 4:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Has anyone heard of the Austree Hybrid tree? It supposedly grows 15 feet a year and has the nutritional value of alfalfa hay. We are thinking of planting a bunch at our place because we live in S. Cal in the heat and need shade. They grow to 50-70 feet tall with a 35-50 foot canopy. Does anyone have any? Let me know if they are any good.
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Emily French
Posted on Tuesday, Sep 14, 1999 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have heard of them and used to get flyers to purchase them but I had not heard that they had a nutritional value to horses?!? At one point I called them and they said the trees were not posionous to horses, but never seen any yet....
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Rebecca A Andrew (Rama)
Posted on Friday, Nov 17, 2000 - 7:00 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi,

I live in Western PA near Pittsburgh. We planted quite a few of the Austrees - originally for wind break but my horses do like to graze on them.

Our trees didn't exactly flourish - our paddock area was formerly a corn field with not much topsoil to speak of. My uncle's trees planted across the road did better.

I hadn't heard they had the nutritional value of alfalfa!
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