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Title: Growth and Seed Production of Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima) 22 Years After Direct Seeding

Author: Goelz, J.C.G.; Carlson, D.W.;

Date: 1997

Source: Res. Note SO-386. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 8 p.

Publication Series: Research Note (RN)

Description: Sawtooth oak (Quercus acutissima Carruth.) was direct seeded at two locations, one with a poorly drained clay soil and the other with a well-drained silty clay loam. For comparison, Nuttall oak (Q. nuttallii Palmer) was direct seeded on the poorly drained clay soil. On the well-drained silty clay loam, sawtooth oak was 18 ft taller and 2.4 inches larger in d.b.h. at age 22 than on the poorly drained clay soil. On the clay, sawtooth oak grew faster than Nuttall oak, but survival was lower. Almost all sawtooth oaks were producing acorns on both sites; however, no developing acorns were found on the Nuttall oaks. Sawtooth oak is a viable alternative for planting on a wide range of Mississippi Delta forest types. Because sawtooth oak has a poorer form than Nuttall oak, its primary use is as a source of wildlife food. Sawtooth oak could be included in plantings with the multiple objectives of timber production and wildlife use because it grows well and could potentially be used for pulpwood.

Keywords: acorn, Mississippi Delta, Nuttall oak, plantation, wildlife

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Goelz, J.C.G.; Carlson, D.W. 1997. Growth and Seed Production of Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima) 22 Years After Direct Seeding. Res. Note SO-386. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 8 p.

 


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