Prosperity of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) plantations in relation to the shelter

https://doi.org/10.17221/84/2012-JFSCitation:Sychra D., Mauer O. (2013): Prosperity of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) plantations in relation to the shelter. J. For. Sci., 59: 352-358.
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The study evaluates the mortality, growth and qualitative characteristics of Douglas fir transplants planted out on clear-cut areas with different shelter. We assessed 11 clearings situated in the Forest Site Complex 4K – acidic beech (Fagetum acidophilum). The young trees were assessed 3 years after planting for the following parameters: total shoot length, increment, root collar diameter, number of multiple stems, stem curvature, crown form, length of needles, colour of needles and frost damage. The lowest mortality and the best growth of Douglas fir plants were recorded in small, sheltered gaps. Large, unsheltered gaps showed low survival, slower growth and poor vitality of plants.  
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