Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (210 KB bytes)

Title: Largest-Crown- Width Prediction Models for 53 Species in the Western United States

Author: Bechtold, William A.;

Date: 2004

Source: West. J. Appl. For. 19(4):245-251.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: The mean crown diameters of stand-grown trees 5.0-in. dbh and larger were modeled as a function of stem diameter, live-crown ratio, stand-level basal area, latitude, longitude, elevation, and Hopkins bioclimatic index for 53 tree species in the western United States. Stem diameter was statistically significant in all models, and a quadratic term for stem diameter was requiredfor some species. Crown ratio and/or Hopkins index also improved the models for most species. A term,for stand-level basal area was not generally needed but did yield some minor improvement for a few species. Coefficients of variation from the regression solutions ranged from 17 to 33%, and model R2 ranged from 0.15 to 0.85. Simpler models, based solely on stem diameter, are also presented.

Keywords: Largest crown width, tree crown width, crown diameter, crown modeling

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



Bechtold, William A. 2004. Largest-Crown- Width Prediction Models for 53 Species in the Western United States. West. J. Appl. For. 19(4):245-251.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.