Sand Pine Performs Well in the Georgia-Carolina Sandhills
Abstract:On the Georgia and South Carolina sandhills, planted sand pines [Pinus clausa (Chapm. ex. Engelm.) Vasey ex. Sarg.] grew better than loblolly (P. taeda L.), longleaf (P. palustris Mill.), and slash pine (P. elliottii Engelm.). Heights at age 15 averaged 35.4 feet for the Choctawhatchee variety of sand pine (P. clausa vat. immuginata Ward), 32.8 feet for the Ocala (P. clausa var. clausa Ward), and 22.6, 23.8, and 24.0 feet for loblolly, longleaf, and slash pine, respectively. Ocala sand pine had good height and diameter growth but poor initial survival and suffered most damage from an ice storm at the South Carolina site. Damage to the Choctawhatchee variety was no greater than that to longleaf or slash pine. Comparison with Florida stands of a similar age shows the Choctawhatchee variety growing as well in Georgia and South Carolina as within its natural range.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Silviculturist, Retired, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Marianna, Florida
Publication date: 1982-08-01
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