816 Text THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONTAINER SIZE AND TRUNK DIAMETER OF RIVER BIRCH

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  • 1 Hampton Roads Agricultural Experiment Station, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Trees grown entirely in containers have slim trunks. Since large tree sizes are measured interms of their trunk diameter, heavier trunks increase salable tree sizes. River Birch, Betula nigra liners were grown in containers that were increased in size at different rates determined by their trunk diameter. These measurements revealed the minimum container size necessary for unconstricted growth and measured the reduction in trunk diameter induced by smaller container sizes.

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