Juvenile Wood in Forest Trees

  • Bruce J. Zobel
  • Jerry R. Sprague

Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages III-XV
  2. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 1-20
  3. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 21-55
  4. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 56-112
  5. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 113-140
  6. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 141-172
  7. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 173-187
  8. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 188-215
  9. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 216-248
  10. Bruce J. Zobel, Jerry R. Sprague
    Pages 249-256
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 257-300

About this book


The trend in forestry is toward shorter rotations and more complete utiliza­ tion of trees. The reasons are: (1) financial pressures to obtain rapid returns on the forestry investment made possible by an earlier harvest; (2) enforced harvest of young plantations to maintain a continuing supply of cellulose for mills where wood shortages are experienced; (3) thinning young plantations, both because they were planted too densely initially and because thinning is done where long rotation quality trees are the forestry goal; (4) more intensive utilization is being done using tops and small diameter trees; and (5) there is interest in using young (juvenile) wood for special products because of its unique characteristics and the development of new technologies. The largest present-day source of conifer juvenile wood is from thinnings of plantations where millions of hectares of pine were planted too densely. Because of the better growth rate resulting from improved silviculture and good genetic stock, plantations will need to be thinned heavily. As a result of this trend, young wood makes up an increasingly larger proportion of the total conifer wood supply each year. Large amounts of juvenile wood from hard­ woods are also currently available, especially in the tropics and subtropics, because of the fast growth rate of the species used, which results in shorter rotations and ess~ntially all juvenile wood.


Baum, Entwicklung Baum, Morphologie Frühholz Holz, Anatomie Holz, Chemie Holz, Dichte Holz, von Jungblumen forest juvenile wood tree development tree morphology wood anatomy wood chemistry wood density

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce J. Zobel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jerry R. Sprague
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Forest ResourcesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Zobel Forestry AssociatesRaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-72128-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72126-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-8563
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