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Developmental Patterns of Residual Oaks and Oak and Yellow-Poplar Regeneration After Release in Upland Hardwood Stands

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Representative plots in four mixed species, upland hardwood stands in the North Carolina Piedmont were reconstructed to determine height and diameter development patterns. The reconstructed stands were typical of those found in the southeastern United States with variable age structures but still predominantly even-aged. In all four sample plots yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) dominated the oaks (Quercus spp.) and hickories (Carya spp.) for at least 80 years, even when the oaks and hickories were older, residual stems originating before the disturbance that initiated the stand. Suppressed, residual oaks, released by the disturbance, grew more slowly and were of poorer quality and less desirable for commercial uses than the younger oaks, which began height growth immediately after this disturbance. South. J. Appl. For. 10:244-248, Nov. 1986.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Publication date: 01 November 1986

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