THE YIELD OF NATURAL TREMBLING ASPEN (Populus tremula L.) STANDS (NORTHERN AND EASTERN ANATOLIA)


Mısır M. , Mısır N. , Yavuz H., Bayburtlu Ş.

PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, vol.50, no.4, pp.537-547, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.537-547

Abstract

Trembling aspen (Populus tremula L.) is one of the most resistant to cold natural species in Turkey. In spite of its importance, there is no research on the yield. Hence, site productivity was determined and yield Table for undisturbed natural trembling aspen stands in Turkey was developed. Data were obtained from a total of 46 plots ranging in age from 17 to 82 years. Yield Table indicates that trembling aspen is very slow growing in young and middle age and Current Annual Increment (CAI) and Mean Annual Increment (MAI) values do not reach its maximum value, even at age 70. This is a proof that trembling aspen is not a fast growing species as expected. The reason for its slow growth is attributed to very short period of growth at very high altitudes. However, in the event of 50 years rotation age, mean annual volume increments of 8.0, 3.6 and 1.1 m(3) are estimated for trembling aspen for site classes I, II and III, respectively. At extended rotations, trees of pole sizes could be obtained on all site classes.