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Maturation of Acorns of Cherrybark, Water, and Willow Oaks

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Acorns of cherrybark, water, and willow oaks grew slowly but steadily in July and August and reached maximum size in September, when fats and carbohydrates, the major storage foods, accumulated rapidly. At physiological maturity in late October or early November, crude fat levels were 15 to 20 percent of seed dry weight and carbohydrates totaled 25 percent. Forest Sci. 20:238-242.

Keywords: Quercus falcata var. pagodaefolia; Quercus nigra; Quercus phellos; germination

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist at the Forest Tree Seed Laboratory, maintained at Mississippi State, Mississippi by the Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, in cooperation with Mississippi State University

Publication date: September 1, 1974

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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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