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The increasing number of southern mills that rely on cottonwood (Populus deltoides) for raw material threatens to put this species in short supply. Fortunately, however, this tree is capable of growing rapidly and can restore to productivity thousands of acres now supporting only brush or low-grade trees. Some landowners and foresters still are unaware of the growth potential of this tree when it is given a good start on a good site. An example of what it can do is now growing on a river island near Greenville, Miss. Here, an experimental plantation has attained an average height of 25 feet, and 4 inches d.b.h., in only 27 months. Sounds like a tall tale? Let's see how it was done.


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Author(s): J. S. McKnight, Louis C. Maisenhelder

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Issue 51 (1962)

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