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Sand Pine Performs Well in the Georgia-Carolina Sandhills

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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: August 1, 1982

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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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