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A Billion Overtopped White Oak -- Assets or Liabilities?

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Many mixed hardwood stands contain pole-sized white oak (Quercus alba L.) trees that are overtopped. A major decision to be made when these stands are regenerated is whether to cut the overtopped white oak or to retain them as crop trees. This study shows that growth and quality of released white oaks can be predicted from stem size, tree age, stem and crown quality, and the degree of release. Overall the study suggests that most overtopped white oaks are not good candidates for crop trees.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forestry technician, Sewanee Silviculture Laboratory, maintained at Sewanee, Tennessee 37375, by the Southern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service in cooperation with the University of the South

Publication date: 1984-11-01

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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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