Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 139–154

Species and site selection for timber production on farm boundaries in the humid Atlantic Lowlands of Costa Rica and Panama


  • G. B. Kapp
    • Silvicultural InstituteFreiburg University
  • J. Beer
    • CATIE
  • R. Lujan
    • ITCR

DOI: 10.1007/BF00122775

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Kapp, G.B., Beer, J. & Lujan, R. Agroforest Syst (1996) 35: 139. doi:10.1007/BF00122775


In 1987–89 the CATIE-GTZ Agroforestry Project set up experiments with five timber tree species planted in single lines on twelve farm boundaries in cooperation with local farmers. When the trees were five years old, their height, diameter and total stem volume were: Acacia mangium 17 m, 19 cm and 67 m3 km−1, Cordia alliodora 14 m, 20 cm and 46 m3 km−1, Eucalyptus deglupta 22 m, 24 cm and 85 m3 km−1, Tectona grandis 17 m, 20 m and 64 m3 km−1, Terminalia ivorensis 18 m, 23 cm and 104 m3 km−1. Considering these excellent growth rates, planting of Cordia alliodora, Eucalyptus deglupta and Tectona grandis in lines on farm boundaries should be promoted. T. ivorensis and A. mangium are not recommendable for sites with impeded drainage because of mortality caused by root rot, mostly due to Rosellinia sp.

Key words

Acacia mangiumCordia alliodoraEucalyptus degluptaon-farm experimentationTectona grandisTerminalia ivorensis
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