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Studies on winter desiccation of broadleaved evergreens have raised the question of low temperature impedance of water movement in roots and stems. Temperature control of a section of stem can be readily accomplished by the use of cooling collars. Johnson (3), Handley (1), and Zimmerman (6) have brought about wilting of the leaves of various tree species by cooling parts of the stem to near or below the tissue freezing point. Presumably, the wilting was caused by restriction of water flow through the cooled section of stems. The wilted foliage recovered after the stem temperatures were allowed to rise, but no attempt has been reported to measure the minimum temperature at which water started to flow through the stem after freezing. To obtain information on this latter question was the primary objective of the study reported here.

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