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Seed Source Variation for Height and Crown Traits of Fraser Fir Christmas Trees

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Four-year-old open-pollinated progeny of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri [Pursh] Poir.) from several elevations on each of five mountains were planted at three locations in western North Carolina. Total height, crown diameter, branch diameter, number of branch buds, number of buds in the terminal cluster, and tree crown density factor all varied significantly by seed source. Low elevation sources (5000-5500 ft) grew taller and had larger crowns than the high elevation seed sources (6000 and 6500 ft). The seed sources collected from Roan Mountain, the area most often used for commercial seed collection, were significantly poorer than the best seed sources for total height, crown diameter, and density factor. Seed source x location interactions were significant for total height, crown diameter, number of buds in the terminal cluster, and branch diameter, but the best seed sources were generally the same in all tests. South. J. Appl. For. 17(1):5-9.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: North Carolina State University, College of Forest Resources, Box 8002, Raleigh, NC 27695-8002

Publication date: February 1, 1993

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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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