Date: Around 1999
I am looking for resources that list the average lifespan
for individual tree sprecies (preferrably numbers 150yrs, 200yrs etc.
rather than verbal short, mid, long, etc). I also need information
regarding wind strength of different tree species (wind strength being
susceptibility to limb loss and windthrow)? Preferrably I would like to
find this information for most trees that grow in the Eastern United
States. Any assistance and recommendations you may have would be much
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
Many years ago the USDA Forest Service published a book, "Silvics of Forest
Trees of North America" that has extensive data on the ecology and life of
most species of trees. I may not have the title exactly but you should be
able to find it with help from a good reference library. You might also
check out local agriculture or forest extension services, they are great
sources of information. A forestry textbook of dendrology, (Harlow & Harrar
was the classic when I was in school) will also have some of this info.
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