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Growth and Survival of Planted Northern Red Oak Seedlings in West Virginia

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The survival and growth of planted northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) seedlings were studied in relation to top pruning, fertilizing, mulching, and the age and size of seedlings at planting time. Top pruning at one and two years after planting suppressed growth. Fertilizer--N, P, and combinations--and mulches did not produce a significant growth response. Seedlings of above average height at planting time retained their height advantage during the study. Survival of all ages of stock was high. Many seedlings attained a height of more than 6 feet seven years from seed, regardless of treatment, and it is expected that 30 to 50 percent of these will reach maturity.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Timber and Watershed Laboratory, Parsons, West Virginia

Publication date: 1980-02-01

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