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Title: Seasonal Growth Patterns of Blue and Valley Oak Seedlings Established on Foothill Rangelands

Author: McCreary, Douglas D.;

Date: 1991

Source: In: Standiford, Richard B., tech. coord. 1991. Proceedings of the symposium on oak woodlands and hardwood rangeland management; October 31 -November 2, 1990; Davis, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-126. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 36-40

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Blue (Quercus douglasii Hook. & Am.) and valley (Quercus lobata Née) oak seedlings were planted on a foothill rangeland site in 1987 and 1988. Both species were watered their first year but received no irrigation thereafter. They were evaluated during each subsequent spring and summer for survival, weekly height growth and total year-end height. Seedling survival was extremely high for both species and height growth was rapid and vigorous. Blue oak seedlings four growing seasons after planting averaged over 2.3 m and valley oaks after three seasons averaged 2.0 m in height. Yearly height growth occurred in a series of flushes beginning around the end of March. Typical seedlings had either two or three flushes, although the average number per year has been declining. During flush periods, growth was rapid, often exceeding 15 cm per week. The greatest height increment occurred during the second flush. These results suggest that both blue and valley oaks have the capacity to grow rapidly as young seedlings if suitable environmental conditions are maintained.

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McCreary, Douglas D. 1991. Seasonal Growth Patterns of Blue and Valley Oak Seedlings Established on Foothill Rangelands. In: Standiford, Richard B., tech. coord. 1991. Proceedings of the symposium on oak woodlands and hardwood rangeland management; October 31 -November 2, 1990; Davis, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-126. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 36-40

 


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