The Relationship Between Structural Root Depth and Vigor of Urban Trees

Watson, Gary W.; Hewitt, Angela M.
January 2012
Arboriculture & Urban Forestry;Jan2012, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p13
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which attempts to understand the effect of root depth on the vigor of commonly planted trees in Greensboro, North Carolina, Snoqualmie, Washington and Glen Ellyn, Illinois. The sites were chosen based on their geographic and climatic differences. The article indicates a relationship between root depth and tree performance for only some species and that deep root systems does not cause widespread decline and losses to urban trees.


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