February 2016. A member from FSM – Federated States of Micronesia – mentioned that there was research being undertaken into the uses of tulip tree wood. Other members asked for details.
There is an article in the Fiji Agricultural Journal (vol 53, Issue 1, Dec 2013) that African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata) be harvested for timber. The reference to the paper and its conclusion is provided below.
Carbon content of non-native invasive tree species on mataqali owned native tropical forest: Study from Sote, Fiji
by Saurindra Nr. Goswami and Indra R. Singh
College of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, Fiji National University,
Koronivia Campus, Republic of Fiji.
Corresponding Author: [email protected]
Invasive tree species fill gaps formed in tropical native forests. The study revealed that invasive trees mainly S. campanulata considered as a problematic exotic species in Fiji store considerable quantity of carbon. This species is
very fast growing and has shorter rotation (6 to 8 years) (Francis 1990). If the trees are not utilized and left out to decay in the field, considerable quantity of stored carbon will return to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide due to microbial action. Therefore, the study urges utilization of invasive trees mainly S. campanulata in Fiji by manufacturing useful value added wood based
products to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and also income generation.