Early Growth and Survival of Two Oak Species and Three Planting Stocks on Lands Disturbed by Hurricane Katrina
AdvisorEzell, Andrew W.
CommitteeRenninger, Heidi J.
Schultz, Emily B.
Self, Andrew B
On two sites in south Mississippi, growth and survival of two oak species, Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) and swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii), and three planting stocks: 1-0 bareroot, conventional containerized, and EKOgrown® seedlings, were compared and evaluated for two years. Survival was assessed monthly during the first growing season and at the end of each growing season. Height and groundline diameter were assessed initially after planting and at the end of each growing season. After two growing seasons, Shumard oak exhibited superior performance generally when compared to swamp chestnut oak. EKOgrown® seedlings had poor survival likely caused by negative influences of competing vegetation. Bareroot seedlings performed better than other planting stocks, additionally, the cost efficacy of these seedlings justifies why bareroot planting stocks are superior in most cases of artificial regeneration of hardwoods.