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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2013) 57(4): 32–35
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Professional Paper
A promising new species option for inland South Island sites - hybrids of Pinus attenuata with Pinus radiata

Heidi Dungey 1, Charles Low 2 and Rowland Burdon 3

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Large areas of land in the high country of central South Island are becoming progressively less economic for farming. In this region, however, there are many sites with a forestry potential. Such sites often have good rainfall which, together with very high insolation, can make them highly productive (Ledgard and Belton, 1985). While the demand for such land for afforestation is currently very problematic, it is prudent to know and compare species options. Choice of species for such sites, where the climate is semi-continental, has become increasingly problematic because invasiveness has become an important consideration in addition to adaptability, growth, form and wood value.
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