|Catalpa worms are considered to be exceptionally fine fish-bait.|
|List of Rot-Resistant wood from Wood Handbook: Wood as an engineering material- General Technical Report 113- USDA Forest Service|
If you were concerned about "carbon" and wanted to sequester or sink carbon you would be well served to choose tree species that produce rot-resistant wood species. There is much more bang-for-the-buck in logs that take 120 years to decay vs. 10 years to decay. Decay releases much of the sequestered carbon back into the atmosphere.
If you are a small-holder with an insatiable demand for fence-posts and rough construction material...you would also be well served to have a plantation of species that produce rot-resistant wood.
Looking at my area-of-operation, the biggest leverage is in the potholes and wetlands that are currently filled with Silver Maple, Cottonwood and dead/dying ash trees. In theory, it is possible to replace them with Baldcypress, Catalpa, Honeylocust and Overcup Oak (and its hybrids) with Black Walnuts along the margins.
|The Catalpa with exceptionally nice form is in the center of the frame.|
There is a Catalpa tree with exceptionally nice form at the corner of Main Street and E. Broad Street. I may have to collect some seed pods from that tree.