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Notes: Drought Crack on Western White Pine in Northern Idaho

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Abstract:

In September of 1967 one western white pine in Northern Idaho had external cracks which were not apparent three months earlier. This fact together with observation of climatic data, site conditions, and wood anatomy suggest that cracking resulted from moisture stress. Inherent structural weaknesses of the wood apparently predisposed the tree stem to cracking during the drought. Forest Science 19:77-80.

Keywords: Pinus monticola; moisture stress; tracheids; xylem

Document Type: News

Affiliations: Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Exp. Sta., Ogden, Utah

Publication date: March 1, 1973

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