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Fiber Length Variation in the Bole of an Eccentric Sweetgum Tree

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A sweetgum tree leaning at an angle of 20 degrees had notably eccentric growth. Fiber length was not reduced by the presence of tension wood on the upper side. On both maximum and minimum radii and at all heights, fiber length increased rapidly for a distance of 10 cm or more from the pith, reached a maximum, and then decreased slowly. A general hyperbolic equation based on linear and quadratic effects of distance from the pith accounted for some 98 percent of the total variation in fiber length. Forest Sci. 17:186-189.
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Keywords: Liquidambar styraciflua; Wood properties

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assist. Professor of Wood Science, Dep. of Forestry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 61801

Publication date: 1971-06-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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