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Oak Seeding--It Can Work

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Nearly 20,000 acorns of Nuttall oak (Quercus nuttallii Palmer) were direct-seeded in Sharkey clay soil in the Mississippi Delta. Acorns sown 1 inch deep in January gave significantly better germination, 55 percent of total sown, than did eight other combinations of three storage treatments with three sowing depths. Rodents destroyed most acorns sown in the understory and in forest openings <1/10-acre but hardly bothered acorns sown in 350-foot square forest openings cleared to ground level. After 10 years in the larger areas, 75 percent of the seedspots, spaced at 5- x 10-feet and sown with four acorns each, were stocked with one or more living trees. About one-third of the oaks were in a free-to-grow position. Average height and d.b.h. of the largest oaks, one from each of 162 treatment rows, were 17.8 feet and 1.8 inches. Five-foot wide strips were mowed between the 10-foot spacing. After 10 years, there were 14,142 total trees per unmowed acre.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: February 1, 1981

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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