Origin and Development of Oak Stump Sprouts As Affecting Their Likelihood to Decay
Abstract:The species of oak varied markedly as to the age and size when sprouting capacity dropped, and in the height growth of sprouts. The following factors had little material effect upon the amount of sprouting: stump height, season of cutting, presence of butt rot when cut, and the occurrence of fire immediately after logging. The sprouts that arise lowest on the parent stump are least likely to develop butt rot from the stump. Sprouts of satisfactory low origin followed cutting very low stumps and also occurred after burning following clear-cutting. Although sprouts of high origin were in the minority, when 12-inch-high stumps were left, and the area was not burned over, they very definitely tended to become the dominant sprouts within a clump. Measures taken early in the life of a sprout oak stand to insure the successful development of sprouts of low origin and therefore low decay hazard are suggested.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Pathologist in charge, Bureau of Plant Industry, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Asheville, N. C.
Publication date: January 1, 1943
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