Development of a Southern Appalachian Hardwood Stand After Clearcutting

  • Authors: Beck, Donald E.; Hooper, Ralph M.
  • Publication Year: 1986
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: South. J. Appl. For. 10:168-72, Aug. 1986


A mixed hardwood stand composed of 53% oak (Quercus spp.), 33% yellow-poplar(Liriodendron tulipifera L.), and 14% other species, was clearcut in 1963. Twenty years later a developing, even-aged stand of predominantly sprout origin is dominated by yellow-poplar, black locust(Robinia pseudoacacia L.), redmaple (Acer rubrum L.), and sweet birch (Betula lenta L.). The oaks are a minor and decreasing component.

This and other studies suggest that clearcuts on good sites in the Southern Appalachians will be dominated by aggressive intolerant species - mainly yellow-poplar. If a larger oak component is desired, measures to ensure strong advance reproduction and lessen competition from prolific sprouters suchas redmaple will be necessary.

  • Citation: Beck, Donald E.; Hooper, Ralph M. 1986. Development of a Southern Appalachian Hardwood Stand After Clearcutting. South. J. Appl. For. 10:168-72, Aug. 1986
  • Posted Date: January 1, 2000
  • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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