Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:05 pm
by dbhguru

Your discoveries/confirmations once again revel the superlative nature of many European forests, especially those in the eastern part of the continent. I was particularly interested in the Norway spruce. Even though non-native, the Norways have become one of my favorite species here in North America. The oldest ones on this side of the pond date to the latter part of the 1800s. So there are no really old ones, and we do not have a real sense of how large/tall they'll get if allowed to grow to near maximum longevity. Do you have a feel for what Norway spruce do in various parts of Europe at the age of around 100 years? I'd like to get a feel for what we might eventually expect out of the species to achieve growth wise over here. Maybe east-west comparisons won't work, but I'd like to see the numbers. The species was widely planted a hundred years ago in large areas of the eastern USA both as an ornamental and for timber. However, there seems to be an anti-Norway bias among many in the timber industry. It may be due to stand decline, especially stands that were planted in the 1930s and not subsequently managed.