Effect of early formative shaping on newly planted broadleaves - Part 1: Quality.

  • M. Bulfin Teagasc, Kinsealy Research Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin 17.
  • T. Radford Teagasc, Kinsealy Research Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin 17.
Keywords: broadleaves, leading shoot quality, formative shaping, quality measurement, apical training, early management.

Abstract

Formative shaping for quality was applied to 1,380 trees, commencing during the second growing season after planting. A similar number was kept as a control. The purpose of this trial was to assess the effect, if any, of formative shaping on early stem quality, height and diameter growth. Over a 4- year period, trees were assessed for quality annually after leaf-fall, using a standardised ranking system. This paper (Part 1) describes the effect of formative shaping on the quality of eight species included in the trial: common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.); common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.); cherry (Prunus avium L.); pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.); sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.); sessile oak (Q. petraea (Mattuschka) Lieblein); sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.); and common walnut (Juglans regia L.). Overall, quality among trees of all eight species was improved by formative shaping. Part 2 describes the effect of formative shaping on height and diameter growth.
Published
1998-11-01
How to Cite
Bulfin, M., & Radford, T. (1998). Effect of early formative shaping on newly planted broadleaves - Part 1: Quality. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9855
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