Hybrid poplars just may provide a fast-growing answer to America's energy crisis.
Morton Fry holds a one-year plant that's over six feet tall.
PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
TOP: This towering six-year-old tree began as a cutting. BOTTOM LEFT: In their first year of growth, these saplings are already three to four feet tall. BOTTOM RIGHT: A group of two-year-old hybrid poplars ready for shipment.
MILES W. FRY & SONS NURSUREY AND MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
The sturdy trunk of a 13-year-old hardwood.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Two-year-old black locust trees flourish on some marginal Georgia soil.
DR. KLAUS STEINBECK
These bundles of ten-inch cuttings are ready for shipment in the spring. Harvested while the trees were dormant, the sticks have been carried over the winter, refrigerated in damp peat moss.