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Fruit Production in Slash Pine Plantations in Georgia

A. Sydney Johnson and J. Larry Landers
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Jul., 1978), pp. 606-613
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3800824
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3800824
Page Count: 8
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Fruit Production in Slash Pine Plantations in Georgia
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Abstract

Fruit production in slash pine (Pinus elliottii) plantations in southeastern Georgia was related to stand age and fire history. Each month from April through October 1975, fleshy fruits and nuts were collected from 60 pine stands at 12 successional stages. Eight species yielded abundant fruit, 11 minor amounts, and 31 none. Gallberry (Ilex glabra) made up 71 percent of the total yield and Rubus spp. 15 percent. Total yield was greatest in 4-yr-old stands. No species attained peak production earlier. Number of species fruiting was greatest in 6- to 10-yr-old plantations. In older stands fruiting was interrupted for 1 yr by prescribed burning and peaked the third year after burning. Huckleberries (Gaylussacia spp.) and blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) yielded more fruit in older, burned stands than in young, open stands. But some species never fruited in burned stands.

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