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Title: Effects of Pruning Teak

Author: Briscoe, C. B.; Nobles, R. W.;

Date: 1966

Source: Research Note ITF-RN-11. Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: USDA-Forest Service, Institute of Tropical Forestry.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Teak plantations, 8 to 10 years old, were pruned to improve log quality. Of the pruned trees at the ends of rows and adjacent to road clearings, 40 percent produced adventitious branches; 28 percent of trees within the stand branched; only 6 percent of trees inside the stand but without immediate n eighbors re-branched. Trees pruned in August branched less than those pruned in May, which branched less than those pruned in February. Adventitious branching accompanied the first subsequent leaf flush, regardless of when actual pruning occurred. Conditions that favored re-branching of many trees also favored initiation of more branches per tree and more trees with multiple branches. Most adventitious branches developed from or immediately adjacent to pruning wounds, but the proportion that originated away from wounds increased as total new branches increased and as time since pruning increased. Basal sprouts did not appear to be related topruning. Neither branching nor sprouting appeared to be related to tree height growth.

Keywords: teak

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Briscoe, C. B.; Nobles, R. W. 1966. Effects of Pruning Teak. Research Note ITF-RN-11. Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: USDA-Forest Service, Institute of Tropical Forestry. 6 p.


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