Species and Provenance Testing of Western USA Species

  • C. J. A. Shelbourne


Western North America, including coastal British Columbia, was a source of many useful species. These included the two closed cone pines, P. attenuata and P. muricata, Pseudotsuga menziesii, P. ponderosa, P. contorta, Sequoia sempervirens, S. gigantea and Picea sitchensis. Thuja plicata and Tsuga heterophylla were interesting but less tested. P. muricata grew well with good form, was foliage resistant to Dothistroma, but was never adopted as a radiata substitute. Pseudotsuga menziesii, Douglas-fir, is the major additional and alternative species to radiata. P. ponderosa was almost wiped out by Dothistroma but would never have been a rival to radiata. All these species showed strong, sometimes massive provenance differences which were usually well demonstrated in the provenance trials.


Attenuata Muricata Ponderosa Contorta Menziesii Sitchensis 


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  • C. J. A. Shelbourne
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  1. 1.RotoruaNew Zealand

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