Growth rate of a tree - Knowledgebase Question

Apple Valley, Ca
Question by jandamagic
December 12, 2009
On the average what is the typical annual growth rate of a tree.


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Answer from NGA
December 12, 2009

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That's a difficult question to answer because growth rate is affected by environmental conditions and tree type. Variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, and exposure to sunlight will all have an effect on growth rate. Some trees are naturally slow growing, others are considered fast growing.

According to the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael Dirr, ?The designation slow means the plant grows 12? or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24? of growth per year; and fast to 25? or greater.?

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