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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 35, Issue 2 — March 2009

Eastern Redcedar Seed Source Test in Western Kansas    (View PDF)

Wayne A. Geyer, Keith D. Lynch, and Charles J. Barden

Abstract: Sources of eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) were established as a provenance test near Colby, Kansas, U.S. in 1980. Height, diameter, number of stems, crown density, branch angle, and general vigor were evaluated with ANOVA, cluster analysis, simple correlation, and regression analysis techniques. Clear source and cluster differences were found. Total height at 23 years ranged from 3.6 to 5.4 m (11.8 to 17.7 ft), dbh (diameter at breast height) ranged from 2.5 to 14.4 cm (1 to 5.7 in), and mean survival rate was 78%. Sources from the central plains grew best. Selection of fast-growing sources may begin at five years after field planting.

Keywords: Growth Characteristics; Juniperus virginiana L.; Juniperus scopulorum; Seed Sources.

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