Original Articles

Yield Potential of selected Eucalyptus genetic stock on the sandy soils of the South African Cape West Coast

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 191, issue 1, 2001 , pages: 9–19
DOI: 10.1080/20702620.2001.10434146
Author(s): G. van WykDepartment of Forest Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Republic ofSouth Africa, A. van LaarDepartment of Forest Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Republic ofSouth Africa, J.M. TheronDepartment of Forest Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Republic ofSouth Africa

Abstract

Land available for afforestation in the Western Cape Region has largely been subordinate to agriculture. Eucalypt species have never been tested intensively along the West Coast. Climatic matching suggests planting of species from West Australia as native habitat introductions, or from seed sources in the Mediterranean region where eucalypt species have been tried successfully, such as Morocco and Israel. Promising growth of eucalypt hybrids on marginal sites in the summer rainfall areas of South Africa prompted the inclusion oflocal as well as some hybrid seedlots obtained from Morocco.

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