Research article

Production of valuable oak wood in Europe

Heinrich Spiecker

Heinrich Spiecker
Institute of Forest Sciences Chair of Forest Growth and Dendroecology University of Freiburg, Germany. Email: instww@uni-freiburg.de

Online First: June 28, 2021
Spiecker, H. 2021. Production of valuable oak wood in Europe. Annals of Forest Research DOI:10.15287/afr.2020.2207


Abstract

Branch free wood of large dimension of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) and sessile oak (Q. petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) is highly valued, while small sized and low quality oak timber generate little income. This paper describes how large dimensions of branch free wood can be produced by applying adequate silvicultural measures. The results are based on measurements of oak trees in various regions in Germany and in Denmark. Two management phases are distinguished: In phases 1 pruning is emphasized and at the beginning of phase 2 future crop trees are selected and the diameter growth of these trees is promoted. The resulting guidelines provide a quantitative basis for objective-oriented oak management.

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