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Growth of Loblolly Pine with Roots Planted in Five Configurations

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Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) planted in two locations with roots in straight, slanted, L-shaped, P-shaped, and balled configurations were excavated and measured seven years after planting. At each location, there were no differences (P = .05) between treatments in survival, height growth, or d.b.h. However, at one site and for pooled data from both sites, trees with balled roots had smaller root collars than trees with L-shaped roots. There was no firm evidence that trees planted with bent, balled, or slanted root systems were less productive than those planted with a straight tap root.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Publication date: 1980-05-01

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