Relationship of Tree Height with Soil Properties, Soil and Needle Nutrients in Cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich.) Plantations

Yasin K., Ali B. M. , Oguz C. H.

RESEARCH JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY, vol.9, no.7, pp.60-68, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.60-68


This study was conducted in the cedar (Cedrus libani A. Rich.) plantation area located in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey (Burdur). The study aimed to assess the relation of tree height with certain soil properties (sand, silt and clay contents, pH, EC, lime and organic matter), soil nutrients (P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu) at 3 different soil depths (0-30 cm, 30-60 cm and 60-90 cm), concentration of tree needle nutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu). The highest relationships between the tree height and soil properties were found at the depth of 0-30 cm. At this depth, the highest correlation (R-2 =0.5062) was found to be negative between the tree height and silt rate in soil while the relation was positive with clay and negative with pH and lime respectively by the order of significance. Mn, Cu and K that were the soil nutrients and concentrations of P, N, Cu and Mn that were the needle nutrients had a significantly positive correlation with the tree height.