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Larch -- A Fast-Growing Fiber Source for the Lake States and Northeast

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Preliminary comparisons between Japanese (Larix leptolepis Gord.) and European larch (L. decidua Mill.) plantings indicate that these species, together with their hybrids, will outgrow pine and spruce, particularly on the better Lake States forest soils. Larch has adequate genetic diversity and grows rapidly. It also hybridizes readily, has good wood quality, is resistant to scleroderris canker and spruce budworm, and is adapted to a variety of soils. Recently, the Institute of Paper Chemistry, at Appleton, Wisconsin, established a cooperative larch tree improvement program using seed orchard approach. Pulping studies indicate that 18- to 23-year-old larch and larch hybirds (Larix x eurolepis Henry) can produce higher kraft yields than 50- to 60-year-old jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) and with pulp strength properties similar to those of jack pine.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Fellow, Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, WI 54912

Publication date: 1984-02-01

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