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Frost damage to eucalypts in a short-rotation forestry trial in Cumbria (England)

Andrew D Leslie (1)   , Maurizio Mencuccini (2), Mike Perks (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 156-161 (2014)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1161-007
Published: Jan 23, 2014 - Copyright © 2014 SISEF

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Cold is the main climatic constraint to planting eucalypts in Britain and the winter of 2009-2010, the coldest in thirty years, proved particularly challenging for their survival. Damage to transplants planted in May 2009 of two species of eucalypts, Eucalyptus gunnii and Eucalyptus nitens, were assessed over the winter of 2009/2010 at a trial in Cumbria, northern England. Larger trees were found to have exhibited less cold damage by the end of January 2010, but by May there were no significant differences in survival due to tree size. By late January, there were statistically significant differences in damage between E. gunnii and E. nitens with the former being more cold tolerant. However, damage at the end of January, after minimum temperatures of -14 oC, did not appear serious, yet by May the survival of E. gunnii was 37% and for E. nitens was less than 1%. As larger trees exhibited relatively less frost damage it is recommended that intensive silviculture be practiced to ensure trees are between 1 and 1.5 m tall prior to their first winter to reduce the extent of damage through frost.

  Keywords


Frost, Cold, Eucalyptus, England

Authors’ address

(1)
Andrew D Leslie
National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, Penrith Campus, Newton Rigg, CA11 0AH Penrith, England (UK)
(2)
Maurizio Mencuccini
School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Crew Building, The King’s Buildings, West Mains Road, EH9 3JN Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
(3)
Mike Perks
Centre for Forestry and Climate Change, Forest Research Northern Research Station, EH25 9SY Roslin Midlothian, Scotland (UK)

Corresponding author

 
Andrew D Leslie
andrew.leslie@cumbria.ac.uk

Citation

Leslie AD, Mencuccini M, Perks M (2014). Frost damage to eucalypts in a short-rotation forestry trial in Cumbria (England). iForest 7: 156-161. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1161-007

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Oct 22, 2013
Accepted: Jan 13, 2014

First online: Jan 23, 2014
Publication Date: Jun 02, 2014
Publication Time: 0.33 months

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