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Growth Through 13 Years of Two Pruned Cottonwood Plantations Spaced for Sawtimber Production

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Cottonwood trees (Populus deltoides Bart R. ex Marsh.) pruned in either spring or summer in the third or fourth year to a 1-log height did not differ in growth from unpruned trees during the fifth through thirteenth year interval. At age 13, 84% of the pruned trees had no limbs to a 17-ft. height compared to only 29% of the unpruned trees. Largest trees, pruned and unpruned, averaged 103 ft. tall with a 54% live crown ratio.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Consulting forester and hardwood specialist, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180

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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