Full text of this article is only available in PDF format.

Ane Zubizarreta Gerendiain (email), Heli Peltola, Pertti Pulkkinen

Growth and wood property traits in narrow crowned Norway spruce (Picea abies f. pendula) clones grown in southern Finland

Zubizarreta Gerendiain A., Peltola H., Pulkkinen P. (2009). Growth and wood property traits in narrow crowned Norway spruce (Picea abies f. pendula) clones grown in southern Finland. Silva Fennica vol. 43 no. 3 article id 194. https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.194

Abstract

We investigated the growth, yield, wood density traits and fibre properties in 13 narrow crowned Norway spruce (Picea abies f. pendula) clones grown at a spacing of 2 m x 1.5 m (about 3300 seedlings/ha) in a field trial established in 1988 in southern Finland on a forest soil. For comparison, we used 3 normal crowned Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) genetic entries grown as a mixture in the same trial representing southern Finnish breeding regions. We found that wood density traits and fibre properties showed, on average, lower phenotypic variation than growth and yield traits regardless of crown type. Narrow crowned clones also had, on average, lower stem volume and fibre length, but higher overall wood density. More over, the phenotypic correlations between studied growth and wood properties ranged, on average, from moderate (normal crown) to high (narrow crown). These results were opposite to previous findings for narrow and normal crowned genetic entries grown in narrower spacing (1 m x 1 m) in southern Finland. Thus, this indicates lower plasticity of narrow crowned clones to the increasing growing space compared to normal crowned ones, so, they should be grown at denser spacing in order to fully utilise its space efficiency capacity. However, this field trial was established as a mixture of normal and narrow crown trees, so that 90% of genetic entries were narrow crowned ones, and therefore the crown competition would be much higher for normal crowned trees when the whole trial would consist of that entry alone. In the latter case, we could expect significantly lower productivity of normal crowned genetic entries with this spacing.

Keywords
fibre length; stem volume; height; diameter; wood density; earlywood; latewood

Author Info
  • Zubizarreta Gerendiain, University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forest Sciences, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland E-mail ane.zubizarreta@joensuu.fi (email)
  • Peltola, University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forest Sciences, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland E-mail hp@nn.fi
  • Pulkkinen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Haapastensyrjä Breeding Station, FI-12600 Läyliäinen, Finland E-mail pp@nn.fi

Received 28 May 2008 Accepted 19 February 2009 Published 31 December 2009

Views 1743

Available at https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.194 | Download PDF

Creative Commons License

Register
Click this link to register to Silva Fennica.
Log in
If you are a registered user, log in to save your selected articles for later access.
Contents alert
Sign up to receive alerts of new content

Your selected articles
Your search results
Pulkkinen P., (1993) Frost hardiness development and lignification of.. Silva Fennica vol. 27 no. 1 article id 5497
Pulkkinen P., (1991) Crown form and harvest increment in pendulous No.. Silva Fennica vol. 25 no. 4 article id 5459
Repo T., Volanen V. et al. (2022) No difference in the maximum frost hardiness of .. Silva Fennica vol. 56 no. 2 article id 10620
Levkoev E., Mehtätalo L. et al. (2018) Development of height growth and frost hardiness.. Silva Fennica vol. 52 no. 3 article id 9980
Lehtinen M. T., Pulkkinen P. (2017) Effects of Scots pine paternal genotypes of two .. Silva Fennica vol. 51 no. 5 article id 7783
Pohjanmies T., Elshibli S. et al. (2016) Fragmentation-related patterns of genetic differ.. Silva Fennica vol. 50 no. 2 article id 1510
Hautsalo J., Mathieu P. et al. (2015) Variation in height and survival among northern .. Silva Fennica vol. 49 no. 2 article id 1274
Koivuranta L., Latva-Karjanmaa T. et al. (2012) The effect of temperature on seed quality and qu.. Silva Fennica vol. 46 no. 1 article id 63
Pulkkinen P., Varis S. et al. (2011) Increasing survival and growth of Scots pine see.. Silva Fennica vol. 45 no. 4 article id 93
Vaario L.-M., Yrjälä K. et al. (2011) Leaf number indicates salt tolerance of young se.. Silva Fennica vol. 45 no. 1 article id 28
Varis S., Pakkanen A. et al. (2009) The extent of south-north pollen transfer in Fin.. Silva Fennica vol. 43 no. 5 article id 168
Zubizarreta Gerendiain A., Peltola H. et al. (2009) Growth and wood property traits in narrow crowne.. Silva Fennica vol. 43 no. 3 article id 194
Gort J., Zubizarreta Gerendiain A. et al. (2009) Differences in fibre properties in Scots pine (P.. Silva Fennica vol. 43 no. 3 article id 193
Peltola H., Gort J. et al. (2009) Differences in growth and wood density traits in.. Silva Fennica vol. 43 no. 3 article id 192
Zubizarreta Gerendiain A., Peltola H. et al. (2008) Differences in growth and wood properties betwee.. Silva Fennica vol. 42 no. 3 article id 247