Canadian Forest Service Publications

The relationship between leaf area and basal area growth in jack and red pine trees. 1996. Penner, M.; Deblonde, G. The Forestry Chronicle 72(2): 170-175.

Year: 1996

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4513

Language: English

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Abstract

Relationships between leaf area and sapwood area, sapwood area and basal area, and leaf area and basal area growth are determined for jack pine and red pine. The relationships vary with species and stand origin. Growth efficiency (basal area growth per unit leaf area) is relatively independent of tree size under all but the densest conditions. Observed changes in the leaf area to leaf mass ratio from July to October indicate that allometric relationships vary seasonally. A procedure is outlined for obtaining estimates of stand leaf area index (LAI). These estimates may be used to calibrate instruments that measure LAI and, subsequently, to predict forest productivity.