Trunk development of young trees
AuthorsRichard W. Harris
Andrew T. Leiser
P. Lanny Neel
Norman W. Stice
Richard G. Maire
Authors AffiliationsRichard W. Harris is Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis; Andrew T. Leiser is Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis; P. Lanny Neel is Assistant Horticulturist, Agricultural Research Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Dwight Long is Horticultural Consultant, Saratoga Horticultural Foundation, Saratoga, California; Norman W. Stice is Farm Advisor, Sacramento County; Richard G. Maire is Farm Advisor, Los Angeles County.
Hilgardia 27(4):7-9. DOI:10.3733/ca.v027n04p7. April 1973.
Trees were produced in these tests that could stand erect without staking—by eliminating stakes during production, by leaving lateral branches on the trunk, and by spacing plants so their tops were free to move. Even though rigidly staked trees with lower limbs removed grew taller, they developed less trunk caliper, regardless of whether they were lightly or severely pruned. These trees were not able to stand upright when planted out, while the unstaked trees needed little or no support.
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