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A Preliminary Study of Geographic Variation in Fraser Fir Seedlings

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Open-pollinated progeny of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri: [Pursch] Poir.) from several elevations in each of five provenances were planted in the greenhouse, transplanted to a nursery, and then transplanted to three field locations in western North Carolina. Seedling total height, number of terminal buds, and root collar diameter were examined to determine the magnitude and patterns of variation in seedlings among and within populations. Significant differences among families were detected. Trees from low-elevation (1,500-1,650 m) of southern mountain sources such as Richland Balsam and Clingman's Dome showed better performance in all three field plantings than those from high-elevation and northern sources. Roan Mountain, where most seed is collected for commercial use, showed the least height growth in the study. South. J. Appl. For. 12(2):128-132.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: North Carolina State University, School of Forest Resources, P.O. Box 8002, Raleigh, NC 27695-8002

Publication date: 1988-05-01

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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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