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Shortleaf X Slash Pine Hybrids Outperform Parents in Parts of the Southeast

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Shortleaf x slash pine hybrids were tested against their parent species for 10 years at eight locations from Pennsylvania to Louisiana. In the most northern plantings, hybrids made with the most northern shortleaf pine survived and grew better than hybrids made with southern shortleaf pine. Most of the hybrids, particularly the one made with northern Georgia shortleaf pine, performed better than either parent species in central Georgia, northern Alabama, and northern Arkansas in terms of growth rate, volume of wood produced, resistance to fusiform rust infection, and degree of ice breakage. Shortleaf pine performed better than the hybrids in New Jersey and Ohio.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal silviculturist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Pennington, N.J.

Publication date: February 1, 1978

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