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    The original crown-rise model estimates the average height of a crown-base in an even-aged mono-species stand of trees. We have elaborated this model to reduce bias and prediction error, and to also provide crown-base estimates for individual trees. Results for the latter agree with a theory of branch death based on resource availability and allocation.We use the improved model to estimate the growth and stem-profile development of a mean-tree in an even-aged stand of loblolly pine. Predictions show good agreement with data from a loblolly pine spacing trial.

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    Valentine, Harry T.; Amateis, Ralph L.; Gove, Jeffrey H.; Makela, Annikki. 2013. Crown-rise and crown-length dynamics: applications to loblolly pine. Forestry. 86(3): 371-375.


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