CHARACTERIZING CHANGBAI LARCH THROUGH VENEERING. PART 2: EFFECT OF DIAMETER AT BREAST HEIGHT AND RADIAL GROWTH

Suyong Huang, Brad Jianhe Wang, Jianxiong Lu, Yuancai Lei, Chunping Dai, Xiaomei Sun

Abstract


This is the second part of a large research initiative aimed at characterizing Changbai larch (Larix olgensis Henry) for veneer and high-valued product potential. The objective of this work was to investigate the effect of the tree growth characteristics, particularly diameter at breast height (DBH) and radial growth from pith (or peeler core) to bark on clear wood and veneer properties. A population of 36 trees was chosen and classified into three DBH classes, namely 20, 25, and 30 cm, and crosscut into six segments each along the vertical stem. With the entire veneer ribbon peeled from the pith to bark for each segment, the effect of sapwood and heartwood on wood properties was revealed. The tree DBH and height were moderately and positively correlated. The tree DBH significantly affected properties of both clear wood and veneer in a similar pattern. For the larch veneer population, veneer mean ultrasonic propagation time (UPT) and density decreased but veneer mean dynamic modulus of elasticity (MOE) increased from the heartwood to sapwood or from the pith to bark. Among the three DBH classes, the 25 cm DBH yielded the highest mean veneer density and MOE, followed by the 20 cm DBH and 30 cm DBH. This was found to be caused by the radial evolution of veneer properties from the pith to bark in combination with the variation of veneer yield and stem position.

Keywords


Changbai larch; DBH; Tree height; Growth characteristics; Heartwood; Sapwood; Property; Clear wood; Veneer

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