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Hardwood Tree species used to feed Roaches (Leaves & Rotting Wood)


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Please let us know which species you use and how you use them?

List of the many kinds and types of Hardwood 'Broadleaf' Trees I was able to find, but not sure of what people are using to feed their feeder/pet insects they keep. My concern is more towards species that can or should be feed to our roaches with a Best to Worst to feed them in regards to decaying leaves or decaying wood.

What I have listed are the following hardwoods in order of which ones are the very best, to the worst starting with Pecan, Oak, Maple, Sycamore, Aspen, Walnut, Hickory, Birch, Beech, Cottonwood, Alder, Mulberry, Poplar, Most Fruit Trees (except for Citric Trees), all hardwood broad leaf trees. 

I am writing a book that has a chapter on Feeder Insect species with a long list, then I'm trying to also give more information than just what size to feed the types of geckos my book is about. I wish not to give out the wrong information. Please help me with the groups expert knowledge of what is good and what should not be or could cause harm to the roaches.

If the species you are using is not listed, Please add to this list, plus what country you live in where you are using the species not listed below

Red Alder, Alnus rubra
Black Alder, Alnus glutinosa
Black Ash, Fraxinus nigra
Blue Ash, Fraxinus quadrangulata
California Ash, Fraxinus dipetala
Common Ash, Fraxinus excelsior
Green Ash, Fraxius pennsylvanica
Oregan Ash, Fraxius latifolia
Pumpkin Ash, Fraxius profunda
White Ash, Fraxius americana
Bigtooth Aspen, Populus gradidentata
European Aspen, Populus tremula
Quaking Aspen, Populus tremuloides
American Basswood, Tilia americana
White Basswood, Tilia heterophylla
American Beech, Fagus grandifolia
Gray Birch, Betula populiforlia
Black Birch, Beluta nigra
Paper Birch, Beluta papyrifera
River Birch, Betula nigra
Sweet Birch, Betula lenta
Yellow Birch, Belula alleghaniensis
Silver Birch, Betula pendula
Downy Birch, Betula pubescens
Butternut, Jugians cinerea
Black Cherry, Prunus serotina
American Holly, Quercus rubra
Cucumber Magnolia, Magnolia acuminata (No, to hard or long to digest, rot, or decay)
Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora (No, to hard or long to digest, rot, or decay)
Paper Birch, Betulaceae 
River Birch, Betulaceae 
Yellow Birch, Betulaceae 
Butternut or White Walnut, Juglans cinerea
Black Cherry, Prunus serotina
Red Cherry, Prunus pensylvanica
Wild Cherry, Prunus avium
Chestnut, Castanea sativa
American Chestnut, Castanea dentata
Corkwood, Ceratopetalum apetalum
Western Balsam or California Poplar, Populus balsamifera
Black Poplar, Populus nigra
Eastern Cottonwood, Populus deltoids
Swamp Cottonwood, Populus heterophylla
Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida
Pacific Dogwood, Cornus nuttallii
American Elm, Ulmus americana
English Elm, Ulmus procera
Rock or Cork Elm, Ulmus thomasii
Slippery or Red Elm, Ulmus rubra
Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra
European Pear, Pyrus communis
Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis
Pecan, Carya illinoinensis
Pignut Hickery, Carya glabra
Shugbark Hickery, Carya ovata
Bitternut Hickery, Carya 
Mockernut Hickery, Carya 
Northern Silky Oak, Cardwellia sublimis
American Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis
Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia
Honey Locust, Gleditsia triacanthos
West Indies Mahogany, Swietenia mahagoni
Bigleaf Mahogany, Swietenia macrophylla
Pacifc Coast Mahogany, Swietenia humilis
Boxelder Maple, Acer negundo
Bigleaf or Oregon Maple, Acer macrophyllum
Red Maple, Acer rubrum
Silver Maple, Acer saccharinum
Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
Sycamore Maple, Acer pseudiplatanus
White Oak, Quercus alba
Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa
Post Oak, Quercus stellata
Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor
Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana
Swamp Chestnut Oak, Quercus michauxii
Chestnut Oak, Quercus prinus
Chikapin Oak, Quercus muhlenbergii
Canyon Live Oak, Quercus chrysolepis
Overcup Oak, Quercus lyrata
English Oak, Quercus robur
Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra
Southern Red Oak, Quercus falcata
Laurel Oak, Quercus laurifolia
Water Oak, Quercus nigra
Willow Oak, Quercus phellos
Nuttall Oak, Quercus nuttallii
Cherrybark Oak, Quercus pagodifolia
Live Oak, Quercus virginiana
Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryi
Overcup Oak, Quercus 
Pin Oak, Quercus palustis
Blackjack Oak, Quercus 
Scarlet Oak, Quercus coccinea
Shumard Oak, Quercus shumardii
Southern Red Oak, Quercus 
Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia
Canyon Live Oak, Quercus chrysolepis
Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
California Black Oak, Quercus kelloggii
Oregan White Oak, Quercus garryana
Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
Blue Oak, Quercus douglasii
Engelmann Oak, Quercus engelmannii
Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera
Royal Paulownia, Paulownia tomentosa
Oriental, Chinese, or Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki
lotus persimmon, Diospyros lotus
Mabolo or Velvet-Apple Persimmon, Diospyros discolor
Texas persimmon, Diospyros texana
Redbud, Cercis canadensis
Sassafras, Sassafras albidum
Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum
Sweetgum or Redgum, Liquidambar styraciflua
American Sycamore, Plantanus occidentalis
Black Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica sylvatica
Swamp Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica biflora
Water Tupelo, Nyssa aquatica
Black Walnut, Juglans nigra
Common Walnut, Juglans regia
Black Willow, Salix nigra
White Willow, Salix alba
Weeping Willow, Salix babylonica
Yellow Poplar, Populus 
Balsam Poplar, Populus 
American Chestnut, Castanea dentata

Anacahuita, Cordia boissieri - Anacahuita, Mexican-Olive, Wild Olive

I use the following species: Scarlet Oak, Quercus coccinea or Shumard Oak, Quercus shumardii, London Planetree, Platanus x acerifolia 'cultivar' (Leaves, Bark, & Wood) plus I use Traeger Hardwood Pellets Pro Blend = Oak, Hickory, & Cherry Tree wood. Then my own mix of 3 parts Earthgro topsoil mix + 3 parts Sphagnum Peat Moss + 1 part Silica Sand + 1 part Traeger Pro Blend

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Wow, you sure have a lot of species of Oak! 

I live in Scotland, we only have English Oak (Quercus robur) and Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) as native oak species. These are what I have been using since I can get heaps of their leaves any time I want from forests.

There are also some fancy oak species growing ornamentally near me that have much larger leaves, and I have been wondering if it would be worth the extra effort of going to gathering up some. Would the roaches be likely to prefer these?

I'm not sure what species the ornamental trees are, They might be Post Oak or a hybrid. 

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