VARIATION IN GROWTH EFFICIENCY OF SELECTED WESTERN HEMLOCK (TSUGA HETEROPHYLLA (RAF.) SARG.) TREES by GARY LEE NELSON BSc, Colorado State University A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF FORESTRY in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES Faculty of Forestry We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA August, 1979 ©Gary Lee Nelson, 1979 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the Head of my Department or by his representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department nf hore.s +sy The University of British Columbia 2075 Wesbrook Place Vancouver, Canada V6T 1W5 -ii-ABSTRACT Eighty western hemlock trees, in the age range of 15 to 48 years, .were selected on three Crown Zellerbach tree farms in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington to sample the range of variation in growth effi ciency. Growth efficiency is defined as the ability of the crown to pro duce the maximum amount of wood in relation to. its crown surface area. Selection of the trees was based on the crown index ratio (live crown length/ crown width). The objectives of the study were to estimate: 1) the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual trees, 2) how variation in growth efficiency of individual trees could be utilized to maximize volume on a unit area, and 3) the efficiency of narrow crown western hemlock trees as wood producers. Results from regression analysis showed that there was sufficient varia tion in growth efficiency, with a range of the standardized residuals ex ceeding at least ±2.0 standard errors of the estimate for all three regres sion models. Based on this range it is suggested that selection of ten year basal area increment or gross stem volume for western hemlock in rela tion to crown surface area or sapwood basal area may be worthwhile. The significance of the variation in growth efficiency becomes appa rent when the higher growth efficiency classes are selected. It is esti mated that selection of the higher growth efficiency classes rather than the average may increase ten year basal area increment/hectare by 39 to 45 percent. It appears from the trees measured that there is little relationship between growth efficiency and the degree of slenderness of the crown. -iii-TABLE OF CONTENTS Page INTRODUCTION 1 LITERATURE REVIEW 3 MATERIALS AND METHODS 9 RESULTS AND DISCUSSION . . . - 18 1. Range of Variation in Growth Efficiency 1§ a. Model One: Growth Efficiency-Relating Gross Stem Volume/Crown Surface Area to Age 23 b. Model Two: Growth Efficiency-Relating Ten Year Basal Area Increment to Crown Surface Area .. 27 c. Model Three: Growth Efficiency-Relating Ten Year Basal Area Increment to Sapwood Basal Area .. 30 2. Utilization of Variation in Growth Efficiency 36 3. Efficiency of Narrow-Crown Western Hemlock Trees .... 53 SUMMARY 59 LITERATURE CITED 61 APPENDICES ' 64 I. Western Hemlock Comb Form 6II. Western Hemlock Flat-Branched Form 65 III. Western Hemlock Steeple Form 66 IV. Western Hemlock Cedar Form 7 -iv-LIST OF TABLES Table Page 1 Measurements and Estimations of Various Parameters on the 80 Selected Trees 19 2 Cumulative Percent Under the Normal and Observed Distributions 40 3 Standardized Residuals and Ranking of the 80 Observations . 45 4 Predicted Ten Year Basal Area Increment/Hectare at Various Sapwood Basal Areas and Classes of Efficiency 50 -v-LIST OF FIGURES Figure Page 1 Location of Clatsop, Cathlamet, and Tillamook Tree Farms in Oregon and Washington 13 2 Clatsop Tree Farm 4 3 Tillamook Tree Farm 15 4 Cathlamet Tree Farm 6 5 Method of Calculating Crown Surface Area/Tree 17 6 Model 1: Variation in Growth Efficiency 24 7 Model 1: Variation in Growth Efficiency Represented by Standardized Residuals . 26 8 Model 2: Variation in Growth Efficiency 28 9 Model 2: Variation in Growth Efficiency Represented by Standardized Residuals 29 10 Regression of Crown Surface Area on Sapwood Basal Area ..... 32 11 Model 3: Variation in Growth Efficiency 33 12 Model 3: Variation in Growth Efficiency Represented by Standardized Residuals 35 13 Cumulative Normal and Observed Distributions for Model 1 .. 37 14 Cumulative Normal and Observed Distributions for Model 2 .. 38 15 Cumulative Normal and Observed Distributions for Model 3 .. 39 16 Model 1: Selection of Efficiently Growing Individuals .... 42 17 Model 2: Selection of Efficiently Growing Individuals .... 43 18 Model 3: Selection of Efficiently Growing Individuals .... 44 19 Ten Year Basal Area Increment/Hectare for Various Sapwood Basal Areas and Classes of Efficiency 54 -vi-Figure Page 20 Regression of Standardized Residuals from Model 1 on the Crown Index Ratio 56 21 Regression of Standardized Residuals from Model 2 on the Crown Index Ratio 57 22 Regression of Standardized Residuals from Model 3 on the Crown Index Ratio 58 -vii-ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I am very grateful to Dr. 0. Szlklai, Faculty of Forestry and super visor of my thesis committee, for assistance and encouragement in the pre paration of this thesis. Thanks are also extended to Dr. D. Lester, Crown Zellerbach Corp., for his support and insight in the preparation of this thesis. Gratitude is also extended to Dr. D. Williams and Dr. J. Demaer-schalk, Faculty of Forestry, for reviewing the thesis and contributing their advice. In addition, acknowledgement and thanks are extended to Mr. M. A. El-Sharkawi, Ms. S. Phelps, and Ms. G. Ho for their assistance and time in computing. I am greatly indebted to Crown Zellerbach Corporation and the Western Forest Genetics Association for their finicial support in the form of the Forest Genetics Research Foundation Scholarship which made this research possible. Thanks are also extended to Mr. Y. El-Kassaby, Mrs. A. Fashler, and Mrs. M. A. DeVescovi for their support and encouragement. Finally, my most sincere thanks to my wife, Karen, for her unfailing support and love. -1-VARIATION IN GROWTH EFFICIENCY OF SELECTED WESTERN HEMLOCK (TSUGA HETEROPHYLLA (RAF.) SARG.) TREES INTRODUCTION Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg.) is one of the most Important commercial tree species in the Pacific Northwest. It is not only a primary lumber producer, but one of the major species used for pulpwood on the coast. Its occurrence ranges along the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to northern California, and in the'Rocky Mountains from the -southern half of British Columbia through northern Idaho, to northwestern Montana (Harlow and Harrar, 1969). In the last several years, western hemlock has come into increasing demand in the planting programs of private and public agencies; and this trend is expected to continue at an accelerated rate (Piesch, 1974). However, little attention has been given to the study of western hemlock genetics (Meagher,1976), because for many years it was considered the least desirable among commercial conifer species in the Pacific Northwest. Even though its potential for management as an efficient volume producer has long been re cognized (Hogue, 1929; and Dimock, 1958), it is just recently being utilized. Forest tree improvement is a practical extension of genetics, with the objective of obtaining genetically better trees for planting (Wright, 1962). Research related to forest tree improvement and genetics has been in progress for 150 years, but only in the past 25 years has research been intensive (Wright, 1976). For western hemlock this research began about a decade ago, -2-with studies initiated in 1968, independently by Piesch (1974) and Meagher (1976). Prior to that time a small number of plus trees had been selected in British Columbia (Walters et al., 1960). Western hemlock appears well suited to genetic improvement efforts (Piesch, 1976). Wellwood (1960) reported variation in tracheid length, and trees having tracheids either shorter or longer than average retained that feature as they continued to grow. Appreciable variation was also reported in height of two-year-old seedlings, both within and between populations of western hemlock (Piesch, 1974). Meagher (1976) found that western hemlock populations differentiate rapidly with locality and elevation. This investigation deals with the variation and selection of growth efficiency of individual western hemlock trees. The objectives of the study were to estimate: 1) the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual trees: a) relating gross stem volume/crown surface area to age, b) relating ten year basal area increment to crown surface area, and c) relating ten year basal area increment to sapwood basal area, 2) how variation in growth efficiency of individual trees could be utilized to maximize volume per unit area, and 3) the efficiency of narrow- crown western hemlock trees as wood producers. -3-LITERATURE REVIEW The importance of crown variation in relation to wood quality and quantity has long been recognized by forest geneticists. Emphasis is usually placed on variation in the branching characteristics such as branch angle and branch diameter (Barber and Reines, 1956; Rudolph, 1956; Campbell, 1961; Stephenson and Snyder, 1969; and Dorman, 1976), that is, characteristics affecting wood quality. The primary objectives of a tree improvement program in most coun tries, is to select and breed trees with increased growth rates, desir able stem form, and increased resistance to insects and diseases. For western hemlock, volume superiority is the single most important trait among stem straightness, spiral grain, branch size considerations, specif ic gravity, and cellulose content (Thomas and Stevens, 1977). There are many factors which influence the growth of individual trees on a given site, however, competition is probably the single most important factor (Brown and Goddard, 1961). Competition is defined as the active demand by two or more organisms for a common resource. There fore, if trees are selected for superior growth rate or volume without consideration of the degree of competition to which they have been sub jected, it may be found that they are growing no more than should be ex pected with the growing space available to them (Brown and Goddard, 1961). It seems logical to assume that the size of the crown should be an indication of the competition a tree has undergone. Brown and Goddard stated that: "the search for plus phenotypes centers around the premise that certain trees are inherently more effi-cient than others in the manufacture and utilization of photosynthates. Stated somewhat differently, a plus tree by a. priori reasoning possesses the potentiality of producing more increment per unit crown size and growing space than competing neighboring trees of the same age." Theiimportance of leafiness in dry-matter production has led to the assumption that crown dimensions should be related to increment (Matthews, 1963). There are many examples of the positive relationship between crown width and stem diameter (Holsoe, 1948; Minor, 1951; Toda, 1954; Berlyn, 1962; and Vezina, 1962), and crown width and basal area increment (Week, 1944; and Holsoe, 1948). The closeness of the relation between crown diameter and stem diameter or basal area increment in many species does not preclude the existence of trees that have crowns smaller or larger than average for a given stem diameter or basal area increment (Matthews, 1963). Stud ies of Moller (1945) in Denmark with beech and spruce showed that the same quantity of foliage can produce different quantities of stem vol ume. Therefore, if the converse statement is true, that the same quan tity of stem volume can be produced by different quantities of foliage, there are obvious advantages to be gained from identifying those trees which are efficient wood producers in relation to the quantity of foli age and the size of their crown diameters (Matthews, 1963). At the same time, quality characteristics such as specific gravity, cellulose content, straightness, spiral grain, and branch size should be consider ed for the selected tree. Though trees with small crown diameters may not produce stem vol--5-umes equal to wide-crown trees, their efficiency may be greater. Assman (1970) found that in trees of the same species and dbh, individuals having slender crowns or a low crown fullness ratio (crown width/crown length) were more productive on a land area basis than trees having wide crowns. In order to ascertain the shape and size of crown most conducive to a high rate of growth, the best plan is to relate the capacities of individ ual trees to their respective crown surface area (Assman, 1970). Matthews (1963) and others (Rudolph, 1956; Campbell and Rediske, 1966; and Morgen-stern et al., 1975) have expressed the similar idea that selection for growth rate should be directed toward finding not the largest tree, but the tree that has utilized growing space, light, and nutrients most efficiently. This requires finding the tree with the best growth in relation to its leaf surface area (Morgenstern et al., 1975). Though two trees may have the same quantity of foliage or crown sur face area, the efficiency of the needles to convert carbon dioxide and water in the presense of chlorophyll and sunlight into photosynthates may differ greatly due to different morphological crown forms. Differences in efficiency of the needles may be directly due to the capabilities of a tree's genome to synthesize photosynthates, or indirectly as a consequence of a tree's morphological crown form, where one form may be more advantageous because of the orientation of the needles to the suns rays. Alexandrov (1971) observed four, basic morphological forms of Norway spruce with 24 transitional forms. The four forms, comb, brush, compact, and flat-branched, are made apparent by the branching characteristics and reflect the ecological conditions. The comb spruce received its name because of the structure of the second-order branches, which hang down in a comb-like curtain. The name -6-brush spruce is given because of the brush-like structure of the second-order branches which grow in all directions. The compact spruce is simi-liar to the brush spruce, but the second-order branches remain horizontal because of their short length, considerable thickness, and sturdiness to form a compact mass. The flat-branched form receives its name because the first-, second-, and third-order branches develop in the same horizontal plane. Alexandrov (1971) made no attempt in his study to determine the growth efficiency within and between the four forms. However, it is likely that each form may have the same quantity of foliage or:crown surface area, but differ in their efficiency to synthesize photosynthates because of the ecological conditions, the orientation of the needles on the second-order branches, or the genetic ability of the tree itself to synthesize photo synthates even under optimum conditions. Measurements of foliage mass or leaf surface area for forest trees are often used by foresters, ecologists, physiologists, and others interest ed in tree growth to estimate photosynthetic potential. Such measurements are important as well in studies of evaporation, transpiration, and inter ception of precipitation. Generally, the leaf surface area or foliage mass is the preferred measurement, and methods have been developed to estimate these for some species. By using regression analysis, Cable (1958) found a relationship between leaf surface area and ovendry weight of individual ponderosa pine fascicles. For several hardwoods and shortleaf pine, total quantity of foliage was found by estimating equations for the number of leaves by both tree and branch diameter (Rothatcher et. al., 1954). Many of these estimates are time-consuming, hence for some studies -7-other indicators of photosynthetic area are used. Among these, crown rad ius X crown length, crown diameter X crown length, and crown surface area have been found to be highly correlated with tree growth. One approach in selecting for growth efficiency is to determine in each stand the regression of breast-height diameter squared X height on crown diameter X crown length (Rudolph, 1956). Trees above the regression line reflect special vigor and can be selected. A similar procedure used by Brown and Goddard (1961) for loblolly pine, is to measure basal area increment during the last ten years, and relate this to the product of crown length X crown radius. They found a correlation coefficient of basal area increase on crown length X crown radius to be 0.83. Again, trees above the general regression line are candidates for selection. A more reliable indication of growth capabilities would be the use of crown surface area (Brown and Goddard, 1961). Holsoe (1948) found that the regression of ten year basal area increment on crown surface area in red oak and white ash gave correlation coefficients of 0.962 and 0.899, respectively. Since crown diameter measurements are laborious and time-consuming, they are only made if the candidate tree meets minimum requirements in crown and branch characteristics and is free of damage from insects and diseases (Brown and Goddard, 1961). Recently, conifer foliage mass was found to be highly correlated with the cross-sectional area of conducting tissue (sapwood) measured at 1.3m above ground for Douglas-fir, noble fir, and ponderosa pine (Grier and Waring, 1974). The sapwood basal area and foliage area are related since water transport to the foliage within the tree stem is confined to the -8-sapwood (Whitehead, 1978). Therefore, it may be worthwhile to relate basal area increment to sapwood basal area, which would be a direct measurement of a tree's leaf area. Trees above the regression line represent efficient wood producers and are candidates for selection. For selection, the approaches mentioned above are applications of a method called base-line selection (Einspahr ej: al., 1964; and Morgenstern ej; al., 1975). To evaluate the growth of an individual tree adequately, it is necessary not only to have information on age, stem diameter at breast height, crown length, crown width, and sapwood basal area, but there must be standards or base-lines with which to compare the growth rates of individual trees. The regression of the dependent variable (stem volume or basal area increment) on the independent variable (crown surface area, crown length X crown radius, or sapwood basal area) determines the base-line. Candi date trees must exceed the mean of the base population by a certain amount, for example, by two standard deviations (Morgenstern et al., 1975). There is limited information of this subject pertaining to western hemlock. A positive relationship was found between crown width and stem diameter (Smith and Ker, 1960). Variation in efficiency of bole volume/ crown volume was reported between the species western hemlock, Douglas-fir, and western red cedar, with hemlock superior to both in terms of average efficiency of wood production (Smith et al., 1961). Thomas and Stevens (1977) evaluated growth efficiency in western hemlock by relating five year basal area increment to crown area. They used base-line selection techniques with selection of plus trees based directly on the size of the residual. -9-MATERIALS AND METHODS Eighty western hemlock trees were selected along logging roads on Crown Zellerbach tree farms in Oregon and Washington. The location of the tree farms Clatsop, Cathlamet, and Tillamook, and the 80 selected trees, are shown in Figures 1-4. The trees were selected to sample the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual trees in the age range of 15 to 40 years. Init ial selection was based on the live crown length/crown width ratio term ed crown index (Assman, 1970). This ratio gives an indication of the slenderness or roundness of tree crowns. A high ratio indicates a slen der crown. For western hemlock, an average ratio was determined to be 2.5 (Walkup, 1978). The objective was to get a range of crown index ratios as wide as possible. By using the crown index ratio, it was possible to sample the range of variation in growth 'efficiency,'- and also to determine the effi ciency of narrow crown western hemlock trees as wood producers. The characters measured on each tree were total height^ (m), stem diameter (cm) at 1.3 m above ground (dbh), three to five upper stem dia meters (cm) at their respective stem heights, bark thickness (mm) at dbh, age, live crown length (m), crown widths (m) at three different individual tree heights, ten year radial increment (cm) at dbh, sapwood radial length (cm) at dbh, and total radial length (cm) at dbh. Total height, upper stem diameters, and live crown length were total height was measured to the nearest centimeter as if the drooping leader were straight measured by a Spiegel-Relaskop. The live crown length is defined as the distance from the tip of the terminal leader to the lowest live branch es of a full whorl. Diameter at stump height and dbh were measured by a diameter tape. Crown widths were determined by measuring four radii and dividing by two. Measurements were made from the center of the stem to right ang les of branch tips. Three crown widths were measured at various heights on the tree. The first crown width measured was always the base crown width. The base crown width was determined by the width of the lowest live branches of a full whorl of the tree crown. The remaining two crown widths were arbitrarily chosen at different heights where the tree crown would vary in shape, that is, deviate from a conical shape. Crown widths were determined as follows: the radius at the widest part of the live crown base was measured, then three crown radii were measured at 90 degree intervals around the stem. The four radii were averaged to give a crown width. Measurements of the other two crown widths was not necessarily at its widest point, but made directly above or parallel to its base crown radii. Again, four radii were measured for each of the two crown widths and averaged. Ten year radial increment was determined by taking the average 10 year radial increment of three cores extracted at 120 degree angles at dbh. If only two cores were taken, they.were extracted, at.-90jdegree ang-7 les at dbh. After ten year radial increment was determined for each core, they were stained to determine the radial sapwood thickness. Since western hemlock does not have a visible sapwood-heartwood boundry, a staining -11-solution of 40 ml glycerin:30 ml methyl alcohol:60 ml concentrated hydro chloric acid was used to determine the radial sapwood thickness. The stain reacts with leucoanthocyanidins, which are present in the sapwood, resulting in a pink-to-mauve color sapwood and a greenish heartwood (Bar ton, 1973). Age was determined by taking an increment core at stump height, and bark thickness at dbh was determined by a bark meter taking the average of three readings at 120 degree angles. Total height, diameter at stump height, dbh, three to five upper stem diameters, and bark thickness were used in calculating total gross stem volume inside bark. Therefore, the stem was divided into five, six, or seven sections, and the volume for each section was calculated by Smalian's formula and summed. The live crown length and crown widths were used in calculating crown surface area for each individual tree. The crown was divided into three sections and the surface area for each section was computed and summed as seen in Figure 5. Ten year radial increment and total radial length were use'd in cal culating ten year basal area increment. Likewise, radial sapwood thick ness and total radial length were used in calculating sapwood basal area. Three models were employed using least square regression techniques to determine the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual western hemlock trees. They are in order: 1) gross stem volume/crown surface area = a + b(age), 2) ten year basal area increment = a + b(crown surface area), and 3) ten year basal area increment = a + b(sapwood basal area). -12-Scatter diagrams of ten year basal area increment on crown surface area and ten year basal area increment on sapwood basal area, showed V-shaped distributions in both cases with the variances increasing linearly with the independent variable. Therefore, weighted least square regression techniques were used in the second and third models. The measurement of growth efficiency was based on the deviation of an observation from the regression line, that is, the size of the residuals. Baseline selection with two selection intensities of 1/50 and 1/100 were employed to select for superior individuals for growth efficiency for all three regression models. Therefore, only those individuals whose standard ized residual exceeded 2.054 (1/50) or 2.33 (1/100) were selected. Ten year basal area increment/hectare for various sapwood basal areas was estimated from the product of ten year basal area increment/tree and the number of trees/hectare for the corresponding sapwood basal area. By relating the base crown width to sapwood basal area the number of trees/ hectare can be estimated. To determine the efficiency of narrow crown western hemlock trees as wood producers, the standardized residual (measure of growth efficiency) for all three regression models was related to the crown index ratio. O 20 40 Miles SCALE il—i i -14-FIGURE 2 CLATSOP TREE FARM -15-FIGURE 3 TILLAMOOK TREE FARM FIGURE 5: METHOD OF CALCULATING CROWN SURFACE AREA/TREE where z^ + z^ + = crown surface area; (m ) D = crown widths ht = tree heights within crown RESULTS AND DISCUSSION 1. Range of Variation in Growth Efficiency The three methods employed using least square regression techniques determined the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual western hemlock trees. Growth efficiency is defined as the ability of the crown to produce the maximum amount of wood in relation to its crown surface area. The measurement of growth efficiency was based on the deviation of an ob servation from the regression line, that is, the size of the residual. There fore, the range of variation in growth efficiency is determined from the upper and lower values of the residuals or the standardized residuals. The measurements taken on the 80 individual observations with com putations of gross stem volume, crown surface area, etc., are shown in Table 1. It is apparent from Table 1 that for nearly the same basal area increment or the same age and nearly the same gross stem volume, there exists large differences in crown surface area. Therefore, simple regression techniques were used to rank the trees according to the size of their residual, most productive in volume growth or ten year basal area increment, and then later select efficiently growing individuals by base-line selection. Selection of efficiently growing individuals is based on the assumption that all trees measured are equal in other phenotypic traits of interest. An additional assumption is that there is no major variation in climatic and edaphic in fluences between the 80 observations. The differences in gross stem volume or ten year basal area increment for individuals with nearly the same crown surface area may be due to differ ences in crown shape or form; thereby causing differences in the efficiency -19-TABLE l: MEASUREMENTS AND ESTIMATIONS 1 DF VARIOUS PARAMETERS 1 ON THE 80 SELECTED TREES TREE CROWN TEN YEAR GROSS CROWN TEN YEAR SAPWOOD AGE NO. INDEX BASAL AREA STEM SURFACE BASAL AREA BASAL PATIO INCREMENT VOLUME AREA INCREMENT* AREA (cm ) (m3) (m2) (cm ) (cm ) 1 2.97 27C.96 0. 3654 127.261 270.98 299.43 2> 2 4.11 244.53 0.1565 5 6.304 284.24 318.14 19 3 1 .59. 154. 12 C.C441 53.598 154.12 113.62 15 4 2.59 323.54 0.2259 153.203 323.54 362.58 2.1 5 2.68 460.79 0.8203 123.514 460.79 603 .58 30 e 3.83 144.76 0.0824 45.896 144.76 133.94 24 7 2.66 115.C7 C.C530 33.153 115.07 114.78 20 8 1.75 417.93 0.3174 148.593 417.93 414.26 21 q 2.55 219.02 0.1309 42.142 219.02 216.20 19 IC 1.92 487.75 0.3794 103.917 487.75 426.33 13 11 3.24 329.93 0.1259 51.910 329.93 32 5.24 19 12 2.66 3C9.57 C.1292 63.070 309.57 277.76 21 12 2.12 20 7. 9 3 0.C892 84.191 207.93 198.06 19 14 3.9 2 214.36 0.2C13 64.205 214.36 258.82 27 15 1.92 439.4 8 G.2259 9 2.758 439 .48 4 84.61 21 16 2.08 178.04 0.C793 83.191 178.04 179.97 20 1 7 2.44 319.. IC 0. 1840 44.535 319.10 397.73 22 I £ 2.57 156.35 C. 1029 30.563 164 ,C3 206.75 22 IS 3.57 245.46 0 . 1743 43.293 245.46 3*5.7.5 27 /X 2.42 16 6.69 0.J005 50.506 166.S9 351.96 27 * Occasionally some increment cores did not stain to determine sapwood thickness. To be consistent only those cores which were used to measure sapwood thickness were used to determine ten year basal area increment for regression model 3. -20-TABLE I (CONT.) T SEE CROWN NO. INDEX RAT IG 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 26 29 3C 31 32 33 34 35 36 :37 •38 39. 4C 2.70 2.S7 3.33 3.14 2.64 2.21 1.43 2.25 2.23 2.97 2.83 2.22 1.69 2 .52 2.75 2 .40 2.49 2 .95 2.6 1 2 ,C3 TEN: YEAR BASAL AREA INCREMENT (cm ) 106. 17 120.56 312.24 137. 12 122.72 223.24 1C5.28 197.51 3 14.82 31.37 121.96 337.95 113.97 115.00 247.71 101.6 1 207.C9 62. 75 IC2.33 424.2C GPCSS STEM VCLUME (m ) 0.1580 0. 1376 0.4603 0.2362 0.1258 C.3182 0.C491 0.C747 C. 1527 0.C223 C. 129C 0.1503 0.C597 0.C413 0. 1057 0.C503 0. 1926 0.C4 91 C.C7C5 G. 3635 CROWN SURFACE AREA (m2) 41.258 40.276 70.424 44.820 27.738 33.629 4C.526 50.396 81. 158 39.014 46.991 52.301 54.624 55.306 76.290 72. 130 59.560 28.411 37.309 16 1.316 TEN YEAR BASAL AREA INCREMENT (cm2) 106.17 120.56 312.24 137.12 122.72 223.24 105.28 175.64 314.82 81.37 12L.96 395.8C 113.97 115.00 247.71 101.61 207.09 82.75 102.33 424.20 SAPWOOD BASAL AREA (cm ) 210.59 220.51 375.98 363.72 227.61 360.49 110.49 169.35 283.90 80.77 157.19 372.02 110.91 103.78 205.81 87.80 258.77 97.06 95.69 471.49 AGE 26 23 32 27 35 29 48 24 25 17 24 21 16 17 I 7 16 24 23 <!0 41 -21-TABLE I (CONT.) TREE Wo. CROWN" TEN YEAR GRCSS INDEX BASAL AREA STEM RATIO INCREMENT VOLUME u 1 42 43 45 46 47 49 49 50 / 5 1 52 53 54 55 56 5 7 53 59 60 2.14 3.31 3.73 2.92 2.83 2.74 2.45 3.04 4.26 2.72 2.96 2.29 2.65 2. 13 2.28 2.C4 2.43 3.10 2.96 2 .64 (cm ) 156. 13 1C1.64 223.30 159.59 17 4.56 1C4.63 199.86 222.43 266.00 136.C6 96.71 57.71 69.C8 19C .96 4C5.96 34 1. 14 158.62 333.97 I 7 C . 4 7 374.71 t 3^ (m ) C. 1098 C.C769 0. 1430 C. 1306 0.1244 0.C481 0. 1234 C.2004 0. 1485 0.C564 0.C439 0.C359 C. C567 0. 1456 C.2699 0. 1655 G. 1414 0.2432 0.105 1 0.2126 CRCWN SURFACE AREA (m2) 46.064 63.231 92.057 38.362 41.609 30.025 71.933 58.734 118.238 51.276 26.019 15.090 2 8.7 85 46. 147 95.331 92.393 2 7.807 104. 965 58.184 128.532 TEN YEAR BASAL AREA INCREMENT (cm ) 137.61 101.84 218.81 159.59 174.56 104.83 199.86 222.43 266.CO 136.C8 96. 71 57.71 69.08 190.96 4C5.98 241.14 158.62 330.97 170.47 374.71 SAPWOOD BASAL AREA (cm ) 144.83 103.69 208.33 175.83 164.30 85.57 170.55 250.42 275.85 136.93 95.00 55.96 94.43 241.53 520.10 326.06 197.95 362.42 147.38 398.93 AGE 18 18 17 18 16 16 16 19 21 16 17 17 24 28 24 21 26 20 18 23 -22-T ABLE 1 (CO-NT.-1 TREE CRCWN TEi\ VEAR GROSS NO. INCEX BASAL AREA STEM RATIO INCREMENT VOLUME CRCWN TEN YEAR SAPWOOD AGE SURFACE BASAL AREA BASAL AREA INCREMENT AREA 61 62 63 65 66 67 68 69 7C 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 7 9 3.76 3.41 3.92 2.53 2. S3 2.99 2.33 3.3C 3.38 3.53 3.19 2.57 4.47 4.76 3.00 3.66 5. 06 5.24 4.19 6. CC (cm ) 35 3.74 152.83 12G.67 202.01 256.87 24 1.57 375.53 144. 13 218.58 288.C5 84. 14 174.34 139.02 345.31 112.82 ICO. 16 262. 16 15C.56 142.7C 352.48 (m3) C.3738 0.2918 C. 1829 0.2130 0.2443 0.156C 0.4180 C. 1254 0 ^ 1535 0. 1541 0.0991 0.1121 0.2222 0.4466 0.C995 0.C577 0. 3663 C.2437 C. 1743 •J . 6 5 4 5 (m2) 81.098 96.893 61.307 41.408 5 6.449 53.296 81.030 76.589 63.755 57.636 22.883 39.465 84.647 137.214 29.513 26. 044 100.313 69.149 72.026 140.547 (cm2) 353.74 152.63 120.67 2C2.01 296.87 227.51 375.53 115.89 218.53 288.05 84.14 174.34 146.94 349.31 112.82 100.16 262.16 150.96 142.70 30C. 76 (cm ) 425.51 238.01 228.71 317.87 380.21 343.66 486.97 130.38 186.25 311 .04 121.78 153 .93 200.39 484.30 146.19 98.05 335.45 309.78 182.2 0 376.84 25 27 29 28 26 26 27 19 21 25 30 21 28 31 19 18 22 26 23 27 -23-of the crowns to synthesize photosynthates. Four distinct morphological crown forms of western hemlock were observed on all three tree farms, however, the efficiency within and between the four forms was not determined. The crown forms are made distinct by the branching characteristics. The four forms and their description are: 1) comb form: second order branches hang down in a comb-like curtain (Appendix I), 2) flat-branched form: second and third order branches develop in the same horizontal plane (Appendix II), 3) steeple form: the majority of the first order branches in the upper half of the tree crown droop straight down (average width approx. 1 m.), while the lower half of the crown have long branches more or less at right angles to the stem (Appendix III), 4) cedar form: fullness of the crown resembles a cedar crown with drooping branches (Appendix IV). Differences in crown surface area are partly due to environment and partly due to heredity. The magnitude of these components are not defined for western hemlock, but crown width which will influence crown surface area is usually influenced more by stocking. a) Model One: Growth Efficiency-Relating Gross Stem Volume/Crown Surface Area to Age The range of variation in growth efficiency by relating gross stem vol-3 2 ume (m )/crown surface area (m ) to age for the 80 individual observations is shown in Figure 6. Observations above the regression line indicate efficient wood producers in relation to their crown surface area and age, while obser vations below the regression line are less efficient for wood production in relation to their crown surface area and age. Of the 80 observations, 35 occurred above the regression line, while 45 occurred below the regression line. Figure 7 shows a plot of the standardized residuals with a variable range of 4.189 for tree #26 to -3.422 for tree #,27.' The regression equation, y = .00002 + .000124(x) where y = gross stem volume/crown surface area, and x = age, takes into account the competitive influence to which a tree has been sub jected, and according to Ledig (1974) is theoretically a sound approach. If the crown surface area can be considered a good indication of the competition a tree has undergone, then selection of gross stem volume at a given age should be based on individuals which produced the largest gross stem volume in relation to their crown surface area. Based on the above observations, a correlation coefficient of .46 was calculated between the independent variable, age, and the dependent variable, gross stem volume/crown surface area. The regression is significant at the .01 level of significance. Referring again to Figures 6 and 7, it is apparent that there is a wide range of variation in growth efficiency when gross stem volume/crown surface area is related to age. A coefficient of variation of 48.6% was computed by this regression model. It is not unreasonable- to suspect that at least part of this variation FIGURE 7 MODEL 1: VARIATION IN GROWTH IN GROWTH EFFICIENCY REPRESENTED BY STANDARDIZED RESIDUALS 3.E + 2.7 + I .a h4 CO w p4 Q W 0.0 3_ 0.3 H CO ~i .a -2.7 + -3.E f TT II I ON I -+- -+-0 0 IS 20 2S 30 35 H0 HE TREE NUMBER 50 55 E0 E5 70 75 80 -27-is due to heritable factors. Therefore, selection for gross stem volume in relation to crown surface area and age could be worthwhile, b) Model Two: Growth Ef.fic.i.encyrRelating Ten Year Basal Area Increment to Crown Surface Area The range of variation in growth efficiency by relating ten year basal 2 2 area increment (cm ) to crown surface area (m ) for the 80 individual obser vations is shown in Figure 8. A scatter diagram of ten year basal area incre ment on crown surface area showed a V-shaped distribution with the variances increasing linearly with crown surface area. Therefore, a weighted least square regression technique was used in the analysis. For this regression model crown surface area accounted for 52 percent of the variance of ten year basal area increment. The regression is signifi cant at the .01 level of significance. Observations above the regression line in Figure 8 indicate trees efficient in radial growth in relation to their crown surface area, while observations below the regression line indicate trees which are less efficient in radial growth in relation to their crown surface area. Of the 80 observations, 36 occurred above the regression line, while 44 occurred below. Figure 3 shows a plot of the standardized residuals with a variable range of 2.541 for tree #17 to -1.659 for tree #36. Again, the regression equation, y = 51.55 + 2.495(x), where y = x = ten year basal area increment, and crown surface area, FIGURE 8 MODEL 2: VARIATION IN GROWTH EFFICIENCY O—. CO 6 o IT). o UJ en (_) a CElq. d COO SH-CE LU >-o w2H 0.0 Y = 51.55 + 2.495(X) SE = 1.05 (weighted) F = 83.9 r2 = .52 i 00 I 25.0 50.0 75.0 100.0 125.0, CROWN SURFACE RREfl 00 150.0 ~l 175.0 200.0 FIGURE 9 MODEL 2: VARIATION IN GROWTH EFFICIENCY REPRESENTED BY STANDARDIZED RESIDUALS 3.0 T . 2.4 + . B + 1.2 + w S 0.0 +i SI M -0.E + -1.2 + -I . B -2.H I N3 I -3.0 —i— 25 —i— 30 —t— 35 0 0 —i— 20 H0 MS TREE NUMBER £0 55 E0 E5 70 75 B0 -30-takes into account the competitive influence to which a tree has been sub jected. The use of ten year basal area increment as the dependent variable instead of gross stem volume has several advantages over the later. First, crown sur face area is an estimate of past growth potential for a short span of time. Therefore, present crown surface area may not be a good representation of gross stem volume which is an accumulation of past growth. Assuming that the cur rent crown is not much different from the crown at the start of the ten year period, and that the duration of the period has not seen major changes in the status of the crown; then the preceeding ten year period of growth is ad^ vantageous over gross stem volume. A second advantage is the relative ease to measure ten year basal area increment rather than gross stem volume. Referring again to Figures 8 and 9, it is apparent that there is a wide range of variation of ten year basal area increment in relation to crown sur face area. For the observations measured a coefficient of variation of 16.3% was computed. Again, it is not unreasonable to suspect that at least part of this variation is due to heritable factors. Therefore, selection of growth efficiency by relating ten year basal area increment to crown surface area may be worth while . c) Model Three: Growth Efficiency-Relating Ten Year Basal Area Increment to Sapwood Basal Area As mentioned in the literature review, sapwood basal area is a direct measurement of a tree'rs leaf area or crown surface area. Previous regressions using sapwood basal area to predict projected foliage area (Whitehead, 1978) and foliage mass (Grier and Waring, 1974) were found to be highly correlated. The regression of crown surface area on sapwood basal area for the 80 -31-observations is shown in Figure 10. This relationship has a correlation co efficient of .63 and is significant at the .01 level of significance. The correlation coefficient of .63 is lower than those observed by White head (1978) for Scots pine (r=.98, n=ll), and Grier and Waring (1974) for Doug las-fir (r=.98, n=33), noble fir (r=.99, n=10), and ponderosa pine (r=.98, n=9). This may be due to a higher relationship between sapwood basal area and foliage area or mass, than sapwood basal area and crown surface area. The difference may also be due to differences in shade tolerance. Western hemlock is con sidered a shade tolerant species, whereas Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, Scots pine, and noble fir are considered shade intolerant (Fowells, 1965). However, this does not negate the use of substituting sapwood basal area for crown surface area to predict ten year basal area increment. The use of sapwood basal area at 1.3 meters above ground rather than crown surface area to predict ten year basal area increment has an obvious advantage in measurement. Since three increment cores have already been extracted to measure ten year basal area increment the staining and measuring of these same three cores to determine sapwood basal area presents more ease and less time than measuring the live crown length and twelve crown radii to determine crown surface area. The range of variation in growth efficiency by relating ten year basal area 2 2 increment (cm ) to sapwood basal area (cm ) for the 80 observations is shown in Figure 11. A scatter diagram of ten year basal area increment on sapwood basal area showed a V-shaped distribution with the variances increasing linearly with sapwood basal area. Again, a weighted least square regression technique was used in the analysis. For this regression model, sapwood basal area accounted for 82 percent of the variance of ten year basal area increment. This regression model is -34-also significant at the .01 level of significance. Again, observations above the regression line indicate trees efficient in radial growth in relation to their sapwood basal area, while observations below the regression line indi cate trees which are less efficient in radial growth in relation to their sap-wood basal area. Of the 80 observations, 42 occurred above the regression line, while 38 occurred below the regression line. Figure 12 shows a plot of the standard ized residuals with a variable range of 2.361 for tree #10 to -2.979 for tree #24. Since sapwood basal area is related to crownvjsurfa'ce area the' regression equation, y = 25.64 + .7554(x) where y = ten year basal area increment, and x = sapwood basal area, takes into account the competitive influence to which a tree has been sub jected. Again, it appears in Figures 11 and 12 that there is a wide range of variation of ten year basal area increment in relation to sapwood basal area. A coefficient of variation of 3.1% was computed by this regression model. Therefore, as in the other two regression models, it is not unreason able to suspect that at least part of this variation is due to heritable factors. Therefore, selection for ten year basal area increment in relation to sapwood basal area could be worthwhile. FIGURE 12 MODEL 3: VARIATION IN GROWTH EFFICIENCY REPRESENTED BY STANDARDIZED RESIDUALS 3.0 T 2.H § 0. E M W w Pi @ 0.0 N I—I g -0.E -I.B + -2.H + -3.0 0 i 00 I 0 IS 20 25 30 35 H0 MS TREE NUMBER £0 55 E0 E5 70 75 B0 -36-2. Utilization of Variation in Growth Efficiency Knowing that a sufficient range of variation in growth efficiency exists for all three regression models, we should consider how to utilize this varia tion. In order to locate superior phenotypes to be tested for genetic super iority a statistical relationship between the observations and the mean of the population is necessary to predict the degree of improvement that can be ex- . . pected. There are different methods to utilize this information, but one ap proach is the use of base-line selection. As mentioned in the literature review, base-line selection provides standards with which to compare the growth efficiency of individual trees. The regression of the dependent variable on the independent variable can be considered the base-line. The base-line, which is the regression line, serves as an environmental reference and the residual variation is equated with genetic variance. Therefore, selection for growth efficiency of the measured trees is based on individuals with residuals above a desired stand ard such as two standard errors of the estimate. In order to use standard errors of the estimate to select for efficient ly growing trees, the frequency distribution of the residuals should be nor mal. The residuals from all three regression models approximate a normal distribution. Figures 13, 14, and 15 show the plotting of the cumulative nor mal and observed distribution for the three regression models. Table 2 shows the cumulative percent under the normal and observed distributions at various standard errors of the estimate. Although the observed distributions for each model are skewed to some degree, a t-test for skewness showed that the distributions were not significantly different from normal at the .05 level of significance. FIGURE 13 CUMULATIVE NORMAL AND OBSERVED DISTRIBUTIONS FOR MODEL 1 100 4--2.5 -2.0 -1.5 -1.0 -0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 STANDARD ERROR OF THE ESTIMATE FIGURE 14 CUMULATIVE NORMAL AND OBSERVED DISTRIBUTIONS FOR MODEL 2 -2.5 -2.0 -1.5 -1.0 -0.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2. STANDARD ERROR OF THE ESTIMATE FIGURE 15 CUMULATIVE NORMAL AND OBSERVED DISTRIBUTIONS FOR MODEL 3. -40-TABLE 2: CUMULATIVE PERCENT UNDEB TEE NORMAL AND OBSERVED DISTRIBUTIONS STANDARD ERROR % NORMAL % OBSERVED DISTRIBUTION OF THE ESTIMATE DISTRIBUTION MODEL 1 MODEL 2 MODEL 3 -2. 5 0,62 1-25 0-0 1. 25 -2. 0 2. 28 1-25 0.0 3.15 -1.5 6.68 2-50 2-50 8. 7 5 -1.0 15. 87 6.25 15.00 15. 00 -0.5 30.85 30.00 33.85 25. 00 0.0 50.00 56, 25 55.00 47.50 0.5 69-15 73.75 71.25 67. 50 1.0 84. 13 86-25 81.25 86.25 1.5 93.32 93.75 91.25 93. 75 2.0 97- 72 97-50 . S6-25 98- 75 2. 5 99-38 98-75 98.75 100-CO -41-According to the needs of a particular tree improvement program any level of standard errors of estimate can be employed as a selection guide line. In all three regression models, +2.054 and +2.33 standard errors of the estimate, which is equivalent to selection intensities of one in fifty and one in a hundred respectively, are used as selection guidelines for growth efficiency. Therefore, only those trees whose standardized residual exceeds 2.054 or 2.33 will be selected for growth efficiency. Figure 16 shows the selection of efficient individuals for the first regression model of gross stem volume/crown surface area on age. A selection intensity of one in fifty will select trees #5 and #26 which have standard ized residuals of 2.075 and 4.189 respectively, while only tree #26 will be selected at an intensity of selection of one in a hundred. For the second regression model, Figure 17, of ten year basal area increment on crown surface area, only three trees will be selected with a selection intensity of one in fifty, namely trees #11, 17 and 32. For this regression model, two trees had standardized residuals greater than 2.33. Hence, trees #17 and #32 are selected at the selection intensity of one in a hundred. The selection of efficient individuals by the last regression model of ten year basal area increment on sapwood basal area is shown in Figure 18. Only one tree is selected, tree #10, whose standardized residual exceeds both levels of intensity. Table 3 shows the standardized residual and ranking of the 80 in dividual observations for all three regression models. All three regression models of evaluating growth efficiency are plausible and will locate superior phenotypes to be tested for genetic superiority, but there appears to be a wide range of variation between the ranking of the observations by the three regression models. -45-TABLE 3: STANDARDIZED RESIDUALS AND RANKING OF THE 80 OBSERVATIONS TREE MODEL 1 RANK MODEL 2 RANK MODEL 3 RANK NO. <STD. RESIDUAL STD. RESIDUAL STD. RESIDUAL 1 -0.093 37 -1.060 69' 0.385 29 2 0.288 26 0.758 20 0.357 31 3 -0.759 66 -0.462 53 1.392 7 A -0.327 63 -0.966 63 0.439 27 5 2.075* 2 C.985 16 -0.294 54 6 -0.865 69 -0.341 42 0.540 26 7 -0.649 61 -0.362 44 0.089 33 8 -0.353 51 -0.039 37 1.357 6 9 0.522 21 1.041 15 0.711 " 18 10 1.001 11 1.882 4 2.361** 1 11 C.C33 35 2.239* 3 1.131 11 12 -0.416 53 1.374 13 1. 547 4 13 -0.947 73 -0.635 56 0.808 16 14 -0.171 41 0.035 35 -C.147 47 15 -0.138 39 1.762 5 0.755 17 16 -1.112 77 -0.964 67 0.427 28 17 0.989 12 2.541** 1 -0.122 45 18 0.442 23 C.560 23 -0.430 59 19 0.468 22 1.415 9 -0.642 64 20 i. 848 3 -0. 13:5 38 -2.274 78 * exceeds selection intensity of 1/50 exceeds selection intensity of 1/100 -46-TABLE 3 (CONT.) TREE MODEL 1 RANK MODEL 2 RANK flOOEL 3 RANK NO. STD. RESIDUAL STD. RESIDUAL STD. RESIDUAL 21 0.416 25 -0.816 64 -1.883 77 22 -0.059 36 -0.538 54 -1.679 74 23 1.822 4 1.098 14 0.047 40 24 1.361 5 -0.425 49 -2.979 80 25 C.120 33 0.040 34 -i.726 75 26 4.189** 1 1.641 6 -1.369 73 27 -3.422 80 -0.807 62 -0.126 46 28 -1.089 76 0.309 23 0.590 22 25 -0.891 71 0.731 21 1.543 5 30 -1.117 78 -1.172 75 -0.204 50 31 -0.183 42 -0.741 59 -0.622 63 32 0.177 29 2.338** 2 1.608 3 33 -0.654 63 -1.084 70 0.15C 36 34 -0.993 75 -1.087 77 0.240 32 35 -0.534 58 0.072 33 1.615 2 36 -0.539 72 -1.659 80 0.358 30 37 0.167 30 0.097 32 -0.303 55 38 -C.823 67 -0.303 63 -0.572 62 39 -C.439 54 -C.751 60 C.157 35 40 -1.963 79 -0.255 41 0.679 19 TABLE 3 (CONT. ) TREE MODEL 1 RANK MODEL 2 RANK MODEL 3 RANK NO. STD. RESIDUAL STD. RESIDUAL STD. RESIDUAL 4-1 0.093 34 -0.134 39 0.074 39 42 -0.745 65 -1.466 78 -0.073 44 43 -Q.414 52 -0.655 57 0.863 14 44 0.823 14 0.215 29 C.030 41 45 0.706 18 0.322 27 0.673 20 46 -0.289 47 -0.42 8 50 0.547 24 47 -0.208 43 -0.400 46 1.209 10 48 0.741 16 0.344 26 0.168 34 49 -0.984 74 -0.805 61 0.670 21 50 -0.650 62 -0.658 58 0.208 33 51 -0.318 48 -0.420 48 -0.025 43 52' 0. 182 28 -0.879 65 -0.474 60 53 -0. 735 64 -1.097 72 -0. 998 68 54 -0.246 45 0.387 25 -C.383 57 55 Q.63C 20 1.294 12 -0.191 49 56 -0.60C 59 0.666 22 1.333 3 57 1.316 6 0.775 19 -C.409 58 58 -0.134 33 0.135 30 C.577 23 55 -C.321 45 -0.373 45 0.960 12 6C -0.877 70 0.023 36 C.831 15 -48-TA6LE 3 (CONT.i TREE KQDEL I NO. STD. RES ICIUL RANK MODEL 2 STD. RESIDUAL RANK MODEL 3 STD. RESIDUAL RANK 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 7C 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 8G 1.064 •Q.26C •0 .458 1. 18C C. 774 •C. 23 1 1.28C 0. 532 0. 158 0. 166 C.41 6 0.154 •C.626 •0.442 0.71 2 1.07 5 0.645 0. 197 0.327 0.920 10 46 56 8 15 44 7 57 40 31 24 32 60 55 17 9 19 27 50 13 1.202 -1 .548 -1.161 0.794 1.508 0.853 1.46 7 -1.221 0.108 1.314 -0.556 0.420 -1 .459 -0.413 -0.247 -0.348 -0.430 -C.9'54 -1.13 2 -C.455 13 79 74 18 7 17 8 76 31 11 55 24 77 47 40 43 5 1 66 7 3 52 G. 113 -1. 186 •1.788 -1.244 •0.285 •1.083 •0.283 -C.251 1. 332 0. 542 -1.056 G.909 -0. 739 •0.672 -0.669 C. 016 -0. 320 -2. 149 •0.530 •0. 1 71 37 71 76 72 53 70 52 51 9 25 69 13 67 66 65 42 56 79 61 48 -49-To determine which variables and regression model is best to evalu ate the growth efficiency of individual trees will rest on the outcome of inheritance studies. However, the last regression model that is relating ten year basal area increment to sapwood basal area, is the desired model to evaluate growth efficiency. This is based on the ease of measurement of the two variables and the high correlation between them. The significance of the variation in growth efficiency becomes appar ent in Table 4 which shows predicted ten year basal area increment/hectare (m2) for various sapwood basal areas. Ten year basal area increment/hectare was estimated from the product of ten year basal area/tree (Model 3) and the number of trees/hectare four. the< corresponding sapwood basal area. By re lating the variable base crown width to sapwood basal area, the number of trees/hectare can be estimated for a given sapwood basal area. The regression is significant at the .01 level of significance and has a correlation co efficient of .56. For each given sapwood basal area, the ten year basal area increment/ hectare was calculated for five classes of growth efficiency based on Model 3. The classes are defined as— low growth efficiency: trees which are -2.33 standard errors of the estimate from the regression line medium low growth efficiency: trees which are -2.054 standard errors of the estimate from the regression line average growth efficiency: trees on the regression line medium high growth efficiency: trees which are +2.054 stand ard errors of the estimate from the regression line high growth efficiency: trees which are +2.33 standard errors of the estimate from the re gression line -50-TABLE 4: PREDICTED TEN YEAR BASAL AREA INCREMENT/HECTARE AT VARIOUS SAPWOOD BASAL AREAS AND CLASSES OF EFFICIENCY SAPWOOD CLASSES OF EFFICIENCY BASAL AREA LOW MED.LOW AVE, MED.HIGH HIGH (cm ) (m ) (m ) (m ) (m2) (m2) 60 2.7 3.6 10.2 16.8 17.7 70 3.1 4.1 10.9 17.8 18.7 80 3.5 4.5 11.6 18.7 19.6 90 3.9 4.9 12.2 19.5 20.4 100 4.3 5.3 12.7 20.1 21.1 110 4.7 5.7 13.2 20.8 21.8 120 5.1 6.1 13.7 2 1.3 22.3 130 5.4 6.5 14.1 21.8 22.9 140 5.8 6.8 14.5 22.3 23.3 150 6.1 7.2 14.9 22.7 23.7 160 6.4 7.5 15.3 23.0 24.1 170 6.7 7.8 15.6 23.4 24.4 180 7.0 8.1 15.9 23.6 24.7 190 7.3 8.4 16.1 23.9 24.9 200 7.6 8.6 16.4 24.1 25.2 210 7.9 8.9 16.6 24.3 25.4 220 8.1 9.1 16.8 24.5 25.5 230 8.4 9.4 17.0 24.7 25.7 240 8.6 9.6 17.2 24.8 25.8 250 8.8 9.8 17.4 24.9 25.9 -51-TABLE 4 ICONT. I SAPWOOD CLASSES OF EFFICIENCY BASAL AREA LOW MED.LOW AVE. MED.HIGH HIGH (cm ) (m2) (m2) (m2) (m2) (m2) 260 9.0 10.0 17.5 25.0 26.0 270 5.2 10.2 17.6 25.1 26.1 280 5.4 10.4 17.8 25.2 26.2 290 9.5 10.5 17.9 25.2 26.2 300 5.7 10.7 18.0 25.2 26.2 310 9.9 10.8 18.1 25.3 26.3 320 10.0 11.0 18.1 25.3 26.3 330 10.1 11.1 18.2 25.3 26.3 340 10.3 11.2 18.3 25.3 26.3 350 10.4 11.3 18.3 25.3 26.2 360 10.5 11.4 18.4 25.3 26.2 370 10.6 11.6 18.4 25.2 26.2 380 IC.7 11.7 18.4 25.2 26.2 390 10.8 11.8 18.5 25.2 26.1 400 1G.9 11.8 18.5 25.1 26.0 410 11.0 11.9 18.5 25.1 26.0 420 11.1 12.0 18.5 25.1 25.9 430 11.2 12.0 18.5 25.0 25.8 440 11.2 12.1 18.5 24.9 25.8 450 11.3 12.2 18.5 24.9 25.7 -52-TABLE 4 ICONT.) SAPWOOD BASAL AREA (cm ) 460 4 70 480 490 500 510 520 530 540 550 560 570 580 590 600 610 620 630 640 CLASSES OF EFFICIENCY LOW (m2) 11.4 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.6 11.7 11.7 11.7 11.8 11.8 11.8 11.9 11.9 11.9 11.9 11.9 11.9 12.0 12.0 MED.LOW (m2) 12.2 12.3 12.3 12.4 12.4 .12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.6 12.6 12.6 12.6 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 AVE. (m2) MED.HIGH HIGH 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.4 18.4 18.4 18.3 18.3 18.3 18.2 18.2 18.2 18.1 18. 1 18.0 18.0 18 .0 (m2) 24.8 24.7 24.6 24.6 24.5 24.4 24.3 24.3 24.1 24.1 24.0 23.9 23.8 23.7 2 3 .6 23.5 23.4 23.3 23.2 (m2) 25.6 25.6 25.5 25.4 25.3 25.2 25.1 25.1 24.9 24.8 24.8 24 . 6 24.6 24.5 24.4 24.2 24.1 24.0 24.0 -53-• The significance of the variation in growth efficiency is realized when percent differences are considered between medium high or high growth efficiency classes and the average growth efficiency. By selecting trees for growth efficiency which are +2.054 or +2.33 standard errors of the esti mate from the regresssion line for a given sapwood basal area, the ten year basal area increment/hectare may increase by approximately 39 to 45% respect ively. These values are based on the assumption that a hectare is fully stocked with uniform spacing. These results can be seen more clearly in Figure 19. 3. Efficiency of Narrow Crown Western Hemlock Trees The third objective of this study was to determine the efficiency of narrow crown western hemlock trees as wood producers. If the same amount of wood can be added to the bole by a slimmer, more efficient crown rather than a wider crown, then more trees could be maintained on a unit area and hence the production of wood per unit area may increase. The crown index ratio was used as a measurement of slenderness or broadness of a tree crown. The higher the ratio, the slimmer the crown. For the trees measured, an average crown index ratio of 2.94 was computed. Considering Walkup's (1978) average ratio of 2.5, a 17.6% increase is sub stantial when the difference in the number of trees per unit area is con sidered. For example, by increasing the ratio from 2.5 to 2.94 for trees at age 20, with a live crown, length/total height ratio of 40% on a site in dex of 115 (base 50), 38% more trees could be maintained on a hectare. To determine the efficiency of narrow crown western hemlock trees as wood producers, a simple linear regression of the standardized residuals from the three previous regressions were related to the crown index ratio. The plots of the three regressions are shown in Figures 20, 21, and 22. FIGURE 19 TEN YEAR BASAL AREA INCREMENT/HECTARE FOR VARIOUS SAPWOOD BASAL AREAS AND CLASSES OF EFFICIENCY // -High Efficiency -Medium High Efficiency // Average Efficiency Medium Low Efficiency Low Efficiency 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.0 80.0 160.0 240.0 320.0 400.0 0 480.0 560.0 64 SAPWOOD BfiSflL AREA (cm2) -55-Only the standardized residuals or efficiency from the first regression model (Figure 20) showed an increase as the crown index ratio increased. However, the coefficient of determination was only 2.0%, and the regression v-was not significant at the .05 level of significance. For the other two regression models (Figures 21 and 22), the efficiency decreased as the crown 2 index ratio increased. Both regressions have very low r values, 4.2% (Figure 21) and 8.2% (Figure 22). Figure 21 is also not significant at the .05 level of significance, whereas Figure 22 is significant. In view of all three regressions, it appears that narrow crown west ern hemlock trees are less efficent for radial growth than wider crown trees. It is possible that the narrow crown trees measured in this study, trees with ratios greater than 4.0, may have been suppressed to some de gree. Although the growth efficiency (standardized residuals) increased as the crown index ratio increased in Figure 20, the increase is not substantial. Furthermore, the crown index ratio for all three regressions accounts for only a small part of the variance in growth efficiency. Therefore, in the selection process of efficiently growing trees, se lection for trees with efficient crowns should be based only on the ability of the crown to produce wood efficiently, and not on the degree of slenderness of the crown. -56-FIGURE 20 REGRESSION OF STANDARDIZED RESIDUALS FROM MODEL 1 ON THE CROWN INDEX RATIO in in CM' in •—i. i in in m. i + 4> 4>4> 4> Efficiency = -.49 + .17(X) .99 .02 SE 2 r = ~1 —I 1— 2.0 3.0 4.0 CROWN INDEX RATIO 5.0 0.0 1.0 6.0 -57--58--59-SUMMARY The efficiences of the crown surface area for the individual trees should only be applied to the geographic region in which they were selected. Differences in efficiency of given leaf quantities may fluctuate in diff erent climates, because the less favorable the climate, the larger the leaf quantities will be required to produce equal quantities of wood (Ass man, 1970). Three models, 1) gross stem volume/crown surface area = a^ + b^(age), 2) ten year basal area increment = a^ + b^(crown surface area), and 3) ten year basal area increment = a^ + b^(sapwood basal area), were employed using least square regression techniques to determine the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual western hemlock trees. Growth efficiency is defined as the ability of the crown to produce the maximum amount of wood in relation to its crown surface area. The measure of growth efficiency was based on the size of the standardized residual. It appears that for all three regression models, there is a sufficient range of variation in growth efficiency for western hemlock to make selection worthwhile. This is based on the range of sizes of the standardized residuals and the coefficients of variation of 48.6% for model 1, 16.3% for model 2, and 3.1% for model 3. Though the coefficient of variation for model 3 is small it should not be assumed that selection of trees with large ten year basal area increment is due to a correspondingly large sapwood basal area. The crown surface area or sapwood basal area, which is related to crown sur face area, is assumed to be a indication of the competition a tree has under--60-gone. Therefore, all three regression models of evaluating growth efficiency are plausible since the size of the crown surface area is accounted for in the regression models. The last regression model of relating ten year basal area increment to sapwood basal area is the desired model to evaluate growth efficiency. This is based on the ease of measurement of the two variables and the high correlation between them. Therefore, when selecting for plus trees it may be advisable to include the sapwood basal area measurement along with other traits of interest. In all three regression models, +2.054 and +2.33 standard errors of the estimate which is equivalent to selection intensities of one in fifty and one in a hundred, respectively, were used as selection guidelines for growth efficiency. By selecting trees which are +2.054 or +2.33 standard errors of the estimate from the regression line instead of trees on the regression line in model 3, there may be an increase in ten year basal area increment/hectare of approximately 39 to 45 percent for the observations measured. The increase in ten year basal area increment/hectare demonstrates the importance of selecting for growth efficiency by evaluating the competition to which a tree has been subjected. Though there is little relationship between growth efficiency and the degree of slenderness of the crown, it appears that narrow crown western hem lock trees are less efficient for radial growth than wider crown trees. There fore, selection of trees with efficient crowns should be based only on the ability of the crown to produce wood efficiently and not on the degree of slenderness of the crown. -61-LITERATURE CITED Alexandrov, A. 1971. The occunsenceof forms of Norway spruce based on branching habit. Silvae Genetica 20: 204-208. Assman, E. 1970. The principles of forest yield study. Pergamon Press; 506 pp, Oxford. Barber, J.C. and M. Reines. 1956. Forest tree improvement in Georgia. Ga. For. Res. Counc. Rep. 1, lip. Barton, G.M. 1973. Chemical color tests for Canadian woods. Canadian Forest Industries,93(2): 57-62. Berlyn, G.P. 1962. Some size and shape relationships between tree stems and crowns. Iowa State J. Sci. 37(1): 7-15. Brown, C.L. and R.E. Goddard. 1961. Silvical considerations in the selection of plus phenotypes. J. For. 59: 420-426. Cable, D.R. 1958. Estimating surface area of ponderosa pine foliage in central Arizonia. For. Sci. 4(1): 45-49. Campbell, R.K. 1961. 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For. 58: 361-368. Whitehead, D. 1978. The estimation of foliage area from sapwood basal area in Scots pine. Forestry 51: 137-149. Wright, J.W. 1962. Genetics of forest tree improvement. FAO For. and For. Prod. Stud. 16, 399 pp, Rome. Wright, J.W. 1976. Introduction to forest genetics. Academic Press, 463 pp, New York. First order branches of comb form, notice the second order branches hanging down in a comb-like fashion Top section cut off from steeple form, notice the droopiness of the first or der branches -67-APPENDIX IV. WESTERN HEMLOCK CEDAR FORM
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Description | Eighty western hemlock trees, in the age range of 15 to 48 years, were selected on three Crown Zellerbach tree farms in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington to sample the range of variation in growth efficiency. Growth efficiency is defined as the ability of the crown to produce the maximum amount of wood in relation to its crown surface area. Selection of the trees was based on the crown index ratio (live crown length/ crown width). The objectives of the study were to estimate: 1) the range of variation in growth efficiency of individual trees, 2) how variation in growth efficiency of individual trees could be utilized to maximize volume on a unit area, and 3) the efficiency of narrow crown western hemlock trees as wood producers. Results from regression analysis showed that there was sufficient variation in growth efficiency, with a range of the standardized residuals exceeding at least ± 2.0 standard errors of the estimate for all three regression models. Based on this range it is suggested that selection of ten year basal area increment or gross stem volume for western hemlock in relation to crown surface area or sapwood basal area may be worthwhile. The significance of the variation in growth efficiency becomes apparent when the higher growth efficiency classes are selected. It is estimated that selection of the higher growth efficiency classes rather than the average may increase ten year basal area increment/hectare by 39 to 45 percent. It appears from the trees measured that there is little relationship between growth efficiency and the degree of slenderness of the crown. |
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