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The effect of planting density on the wood quality of South African-grown Eucalyptus grandis


Abstract

This paper presents the results of a wood property and sawn board quality study performed on disc samples and sawlogs taken from a 23-year-old Eucalyptus grandis Nelder 1a spacing trial at J.D.M. Keet plantation near Tzaneen. Ten trees from each of four markedly different planting densities were chosen to provide contrasting material to study the effects of growth rate on the quality of the wood produced. Spacing treatment diameter means ranged from 18.9 to 57.9 cm.

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