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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
Publication Type: Article
Journal: Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
Article Topic(s): Establishment methods,Competition
Research Setting(s): Old field
Species Referenced: Viburnum dentatum (Southern arrowwood),
AbstractResearches 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 CitationS. 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.