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Variation in Specific Gravity and Fiber Length of Selected Hardwoods throughout the Mid-South

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Differences in specific gravity and fiber length were studied for trees of eight important hardwoods growing at six locations throughout the mid-South. Values were based on large increment cores extracted from 10 trees of each species at each location. No significant differences among geographic locations were found in either specific gravity or fiber length for shagbark hickory, post oak, blackgum, or yellow-poplar. Significant location-to-location differences were found in specific gravity of mockernut hickory and sweetgum. However, no general patterns of geographic variation were evident. Correlation analysis did not reveal a consistent relationship between growth ring width and specific gravity for any of the species studied. Forest Sci. 23:190-194.

Keywords: Carya ovata; Carya tomentosa; Geographic variation; Liquidambar styraciflua; Liriodendron tulipifera; Nyssa sylvatica; Quercus falcata; Quercus nigra; Quercus stellata

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Director, Mississippi Forest Products Utilization Laboratory, and Professor of Wood Science and Technology at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762

Publication date: June 1, 1977

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