New Forests

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 255–266 | Cite as

Foliar nutrients in Eucalyptus species in New Zealand

  • J. P. Millner
  • P. D. Kemp


Foliar nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) concentrations of 5 Symphyomyrtus (E. botryoides, E. cladocalyx, E. microcorys, E. nitens, E. saligna) and 7 Monocalyptus (E. agglomerata, E. baxteri, E. globoidea, E. muelleriana, E. obliqua, E. pilularis, E. regnans) species were determined for each of four hill country microsites; upper shady, lower shady, upper sunny and lower sunny slopes. ANOVA and correlation analysis were used to identify species and microsite effects, and nutrient associations. Significant (P ≤ 0.0014) species differences were identified for all nutrients, E. botryoides and E. saligna generally had high nutrient concentrations while stringybark species were low, particularly for N and K. Subgeneric contrasts revealed that Symphyomyrtus species had significantly higher concentrations of P (P = 0.05) N, K and Ca (P < 0.0001) but lower Mg (P < 0.0001) than Monocalyptus. Microsite had less influence on nutrient concentrations than species. N was strongly positively correlated with P and K in most Symphyomyrtus species but was not correlated with P in Monocalyptus. Mg was positively correlated with Ca but negatively correlated with K in most species. The results indicate that Monocalyptus and Symphyomyrtus species differ in ability to accumulate key macronutrients.


Eucalyptus species Hill country Microsite Macronutrients 



Financial assistance was provided by the Massey University Agricultural Research Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Natural ResourcesMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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