A Seven-Year-Old Ocala Sand Pine Seedling Seed Orchard

A 20 acre Ocala sand pine seedling seed orchard was established in 1978 near Ocala, Florida. First year survival was 67%. An apparent adaptive mechanism that allows some trees to survive unfavorable environmental conditions was noted. After 7 years and 2 thinnings, the tallest trees were over 26 ft. and the tallest family averaged over 19 ft. Although a few cones were observed after 3 years, the orchard is just starting to produce a significant amount of seed.

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Author(s): Ralph A. Lewis, Timothy LaFarge, James L. McConnell

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1985

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