Sprouting capability and growth of one-year-old shortleaf pine seedlings after different times of burning and clippingThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) is capable of sprouting after the stem is killed. The sprouting ability of shortleaf pine could be used to favor the species silviculturally for specific management objectives. Information is limited on burning effects at different periods of the growing season on shortleaf pine survival and growth. This study was located on the Cumberland Plateau region of east Tennessee and was conducted on one-year-old seedlings. Replicated treatments analyzed as a randomized block design included: clipping in March, burning in April, burning in July, burning in November, and an untreated control. Results indicate that after one full growing season after the treatment year, survival and growth of shortleaf pine sprouts did not differ among the three burning times (treatments) although differences were observed between burning and clipping and burning and control (unburned) treatments. Sprout number was statistically different among treatments with maximum burn temperatures as a covariate.