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Title: Establishment and Early Care of Sycamore Plantations

Author: Briscoe, C.B.;

Date: 1969

Source: Res. Pap. SO-50. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 21 p.

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.) has long been planted for soil reclamation and conser- vation (Clark 1954; DenUyl1955; Freese 1954),for windbreaks (Read 1958),and for beautification (Li 1957). In 1955, slightly more than 200,000 sycamore seedlings were grown for such purposes (Abbott 1956). Recently, however, sycamore has been found to provide a high yield of excellent pulp, and the characteristically straight, well-formed logs have come to command a premium wherever a market exists for commercial veneer. Sycamore is a minor component in natural forests, and the only hope of satisfying the burgeoning demand is the establishment of extensive plantations. The wood-using industry is fortunate that, as Michaux wrote in 1857, sycamore is "remarkable for-the rapidity of its growth and ease of propagation." A substantial acreage of young plantations now exists, and increasingly large areas are being planted yearly.

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Briscoe, C.B. 1969. Establishment and Early Care of Sycamore Plantations. Res. Pap. SO-50. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 21 p.


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