This handbook provides a detailed guide to the biological suitability to different sites and soils for all important native trees and the most extensively used exotics. British woodlands and forests are often located on sites and in regions that are marginal for agriculture, so site conditions must dictate species choice in any approach to forest management.
Many forests are at high elevations and exposed, with short growing seasons. Apart from physical difficulties such as steepness and stoniness, forest soils also frequently have problems associated with them; they are waterlogged or drought-prone, suffer from extremes of acidity or alkalinity, or have compacted layers.
Providing information on species’ suitability for different purposes, this book includes details of the origin and introduction (where applicable) of each species, as well as its climatic and soil requirements among other silvicultural characteristics. Information about provenance, yield and timber is also provided. Fully updated throughout, this new edition includes numerous drawings of leaves and fruits to aid identification. The book concludes with simple keys for identifying the trees most likely to be encountered in British forests. It is a useful resource for students, researchers and forestry professionals.
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