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Handling Valuable Nursery Stock

During the first twelve years a diversity of trees and shrubs of 100 species, totaling 1,035,000 trees, were produced. Stock was used in wildlife, reforestation and erosion control plantings. Between 1940 and 1943 methods were developed for production of straight-stem black locust stock by root propagation. Since 1939 emphasis has been on producing propagated selections of black walnut and other nut trees under sound nursery practices, Sixteen thousand Thomas black walnut were raised over an 11-year period for demonstration plantings. Promising varieties of black walnut, Chinese chestnut, and filbert averaging 500 grafted or budded trees per year have been grown for use in experimental plantings throughout the Valley. That these are valuable trees is attested to by the fact that commercial nurseries now charge $2.50 to $8.00 each for similar stock. Our first pine grafting studies were begun in 1950.

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Author(s): E. G. Wiesehuegel, Thomas G. Zarger, John F. Hatmaker

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1957