Allometric relationships for Eucalyptus nitens (Deane and Maiden) Maiden plantations
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Allometric relationships between stem, leaf area and crown dimensions were determined for Eucalyptus nitens (Deane and Maiden) Maiden using 81 trees sampled from 13 post-canopy closure sites and 34 trees sampled from 6 pre-canopy closure sites. These sites differed in site quality, stand age, fertiliser treatment, stand density and levels of weed infestation. Overall, tree age ranged from 2 to 13 years, tree height from 1.4 to 26.1 m and diameter at breast height from 0.6 to 38.7 cm. Pre-canopy closure trees exhibited site-specific relationships which were to some extent confounded with tree age. However, post-canopy closure trees had relationships which were independent of site, age and silvicultural treatments. Strong relationships between structural components were found for both stem and crown. Stem diameter at breast height was non-linearly related to tree height and crown length. Stem sapwood area (breast height or crown base) could be predicted from stem cross-sectional area. For post-canopy closure trees, a functional relationship between sapwood area (breast height and crown base) and leaf area was site-independent. The lack of specificity in terms of both site and management techniques enables these relationships to be applied generally to E. nitens plantations in Tasmania.
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