Comparing growth and morphological characteristics of North Carolina Longleaf Pine stands

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Thomas William Patterson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Paul Knapp

Abstract: This thesis examines radial growth, morphological characteristics, and mean sensitivity among six longleaf pine tracts in North Carolina. The six sites, two from each of the three physiographic regions within the longleaf pine range (Piedmont, Sandhills and Coastal Plain) form a regional transect that tests tree-stand characteristics by site and region. Two core samples and additional measurements of tree diameter, height, and needle length were recorded for 15 trees per site. From the samples collected, measurements in total and latewood ring-width as well as maximum latewood density were used to assess climate/growth relationships. Significant differences between regions were observed for needle length, diameter at breast height, and tree height by region using multi-factor ANOVA. Additionally, significant correlations were observed for latewood ring-width for June-October average precipitation, summer and June-October average temperature with maximum latewood density, and for average June-October Palmer Drought Severity Index and latewood ring-width. Interseries correlation was significantly lower for the Coastal Plain region, and mean sensitivity was significantly lower for the Piedmont region.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Climate/radial growth, Longleaf pine, Maximum latewood density, Needle length, North Carolina
Longleaf pine $x Ecology $z North Carolina
Longleaf pine $x Climatic factors $z North Carolina
Longleaf pine $x Growth

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