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Field Performance of Nuttall Oak on Former Agricultural Fields: Initial Effects of Nursery Source and Competition Control

Gardiner, E. S., Salifu, K. F., Jacobs, D. F., and Hernandez, G. IN: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Proceedings RMRS-P-50, p. 120-125. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2006. 2007.

Nuttall oak (Quercus nuttallii Palm.) seedlings raised at state nurseries in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas were morphologically different in height, root collar diameter, fresh mass, number of first-order lateral roots, root volume, and height-to-root collar diameter ratio. When outplanted on afforestation sites in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, nursery source did not significantly affect seedling survival or height and diameter growth 2 years after outplanting. Competing herbaceous vegetation reduced Nuttall oak seedling survival by 8%, height growth by 69%, and root collar diameter growth by 61% 2 years after outplanting. Nursery source did influence the ability of Nuttall oak seedlings to overcome transplant stress. Greatest durations of planting check were observed on seedlings raised at Nursery B and C, particularly those competing with herbaceous vegetation.


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Author(s): Emile S. Gardiner, K. Francis Salifu, Douglass F. Jacobs, George A. Hernandez, Ronald P. Overton

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 2006

Event: Southern Forest Nursery Association Meeting
2006 - Tyler, TX

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