Canadian Forest Service Publications

Variation in biomass production, moisture content and specific gravity in some North American willows (Salix L.). 1988. Mosseler, A.; Zsuffa, L.; Stoehr, M.U.; Kenney, W.A. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 18: 1535–1540.

Year: 1988

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39583

Language: English

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Biomass production and quality in seedlings and coppices of Salix amygdaloides Anderss., S. eriocephala Michx., S. exigua Nutt., and S. lucida Muhl. were investigated in a full-sib family test. Between 65 and 77% of the variation in plant biomass was due to species, while less than 5% was due to families. Approximately 39% of the variation in moisture content and 37% of the variation in specific gravity was due to species differences, while only 3 and 14%, respectively, was due to families. Salix eriocephala produced the highest yields, with an averal 1-year coppice production of almost 1 kg/plant (dry matter) and had the lowest moisture content and highest specific gravity of the four speices. There was a strong positive corrlation between seedling and coppice productivity for all species, with S. eriocephala and S. lucida producing the most vigorous regrowth from coppice.