Classification Model to Predict Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Grade

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Objective measures of Christmas tree grade that would better quantify tree responses to cultural treatments were sought. Fraser fir Christmas tree attributes in a 3-year-old plantation were measured and correlated with conventional three-class grade categories, and a discriminate classification model was developed to test the predictability of grade based on tree attributes. Tree attributes best correlated with grade were basal diameter, terminal leader length and total bud and lateral bud frequencies on the terminal leader. Grade prediction based on five easily measured growth attributes produced a discriminate classification success rate of 72%. For. Sci. 36(1):45-53.

Keywords: Christmas tree production; Tree morphology; discriminate analysis

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Silviculture and Forest Soils, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Publication date: March 1, 1990

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