Relationship between crown characteristics and the radial increment of beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in the Świętokrzyski National Park (Poland)

https://doi.org/10.17221/11860-JFSCitation:Podlaski R. (2002): Relationship between crown characteristics and the radial increment of beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in the Świętokrzyski National Park (Poland). J. For. Sci., 48: 93-99.
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The objectives of this study are to determine the relationship between crown characteristics and the radial increment of beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) and to specify the characteristics of beech trees with the radial increment above the average in the Świętokrzyski National Park. The following relationships have been found: the radial increment of beech increases as the degree of the freedom of the light part of the crown from neighbouring trees increases, and the increase in the relative crown length causes a significant increase in the radial increment. Most of the best growing beech trees are characterized by the light part of the crown confined in an area of up to about 55%, and the relative crown length spanning the range of 55% (trees 61 to 80 years of age at b.h.) to 76% (trees 21 to 40 years of age at b.h).

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