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Global importance of large-diameter trees


James A. Lutz
Tucker J. Furniss
Stuart J. Davies
David Allen
Alfonso Alonso
Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira
Ana Andrade
Jennifer Baltzer
Kendall M. L. Becker
Erika M. Blomdahl
Norman A. Bourg
Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin
David F. R. P. Burslem



Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Historical Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station


Global Ecology and Biogeography. 27: 849-864.


We examined the contribution of large trees to forest density, richness and biomass using a global network of 48 large (from 2 to 60 ha) forest plots representing 5,601,473 stems across 9,298 species and 210 plant families. This contribution was assessed using three metrics: the largest 1% of trees ≥ 1 cm diameter at breast height (DBH), all trees ≥ 60 cm DBH, and those rank-ordered largest trees that cumulatively comprise 50% of forest biomass.


Lutz, James A.; Furniss, Tucker J.; Johnson, Daniel J.; Davies, Stuart J.; Allen, David; Alonso, Alfonso; Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J.; Andrade, Ana; Baltzer, Jennifer; Becker, Kendall M. L.; Blomdahl, Erika M.; Bourg, Norman A.; Bunyavejchewin, Sarayudh; Burslem, David F. R. P.; Cansler, C. Alina; et al. 2018. Global importance of large-diameter trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 27: 849-864.


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