Canadian Forest Service Publications

Some effects of artificial defoliation on the growth of jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) 1962. O'Neil, L.C. Can. J. Botany 40: 273-280.

Year: 1962

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 15664

Language: English

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Young jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) were defoliated manually to measure the effects of defoliation on growth of this species, and to determine the relative efficiency of foliage of different ages with respect to growth. The removal of 2-year-old or 3-year-old foliage had no appreciable effect on tree growth, but their joint removal reduced height growth. Height growth was also reduced by the removal of 1-year-old foliage. Current foliage was found essential for the maintenance of normal height, diameter, and shoot growth; in addition, its removal induced high bud mortality, the production of profuse adventitious growth, and a reduction in the rate of shoot elongation. Trees deprived of all but current foliage showed marked reduction in height, diameter, and shoot growth. Complete defoliation resulted in tree death shortly thereafter. Growth reductions resulting from some of the treatments approximated that following defoliation by the Swaine jack-pine sawfly (Neodiprion swainei Midd.) Also, the present results are compared with those obtained by several other workers in this field.