Notes: Biomass Accumulation by Single- and Multiple-Stemmed Young Sycamore

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Five-year-old sycamore in plantations were measured and sampled so that total biomass and its distribution could be calculated. Some 21 percent of the surviving trees had multiple stems, and those with multiple stems had an average of 2.16 stems per tree. Biomass of both single stems and individual stems of multiple-stemmed trees could be predicted from dbh and height by a common formula. Average single-stems had 42 percent greater diameter and 12 percent greater height than average multiple-stems. However, multiple-stemmed trees accumulated 16 percent more total biomass than single-stemmed trees. Forest Sci. 30:372-374.

Keywords: Platanus occidentalis; plantations; seedling dieback

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Soil Scientist, Southern Hardwoods Laboratory, Stoneville, MS 38776

Publication date: June 1, 1984

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