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Colonization of old fields by trees vs. shrubs: seed dispersal and seedling establishment

Author(s): S. Gardescu and P. L. Marks

Month: Jan-Mar
Year: 2004

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
Volume: 131
Issue: 1
Pages: 53-68

Article Topic(s): Establishment methods,Competition
Research Setting(s): Old field

Species Referenced: Viburnum dentatum (Southern arrowwood),

Abstract

Researches seedling establishment of two trees and two shrubs in former agricultural fields in New York State. Seedling emergence was primarily limited by seed availability and secondarily limited by environment. Viburnum dentatum generally emerged under short vegetation. Shrubs had higher survival rates and grew faster than trees. To have one surviving seedling after five years would require the initial dispersal of 20-35 seeds.

Suggested Citation

S. Gardescu and P. L. Marks. "Colonization of old fields by trees vs. shrubs: seed dispersal and seedling establishment." Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 131.1 (2004): 53-68.

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