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Epicormic Branching: A Real Problem in Plus Tree Selection

It is easier to describe those characteristics a tree must possess for incorporation in a tree improvement program if the final product is known. Selection criteria for trees destined for pulp differ in some ways from those for trees destined to become veneer. Epicormic branches would be of no consequence in selecting for rapid juvenile growth when trees will be coppiced at very short rotations, as suggested by McAlpine and Brown (1967). Unless otherwise stated, the remarks here will be confined to tree selection where the final product is assumed to be quality lumber for use in furniture or other products where a premium is placed on freedom from defect.


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Author(s): Paul P. Kormanik, Claud L. Brown

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1967

Section: Technical Session

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