Register of Wild Cherry (Prunus avium L.) Plus Trees in Slovenia

  • Robert BrusEmail author
  • Gregor Božič
  • Hojka Kraigher
  • Kristjan Jarni
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 65)


Larger number of wild cherry candidate plus trees in the entire area of Slovenia were identified and recorded. Detailed seven-scale evaluation of their vitality, stem straightness, crown size, constriction, cylindrical trunk growth, trunk warping, branch diameter, branching angle and forking resulted in the selection of 107 trees possessing the most desirable characteristics. Selected trees are relatively large and of phenotypically superior quality. The established register of wild cherry plus trees in Slovenia represents a selection of superior individual phenotypes that will be used as a source of parental trees to establish a first-generation seed orchard and then, if appropriate, as a source of superior material for the next breeding steps and further breeding programs.


Prunus avium Wild cherry Plus trees Seed orchard Forest tree breeding Slovenia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Brus
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gregor Božič
    • 2
  • Hojka Kraigher
    • 2
  • Kristjan Jarni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Biotechnical FacultyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Slovenian Forestry InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia

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