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Some Effects of Dwarf Growth on Wood Structure

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The effects of dwarf growth on wood structure, especially on element length, are described for 13 species of artificially induced or naturally occurring dwarf trees. In all cases element length is reduced, but there is no close correlation between the precise growth rate and the amount of length reduction. Conifers appear to show the greatest response. In the hardwood species studied, vessel frequency is higher and vessel diameter lower in dwarfs than in normal trees.


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