Nana Tian


Fan, Zhaofei

Committee Member

Ulyshen, Michael D.

Committee Member

Matney, Thomas G.

Committee Member

Schultz, Emily B.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera (L.)) has become a threat to Southern United States forestlands because of the rapid colonization. To explore the growth rate of tallow, numerous growth models were constructed with destructive sampling method from oak-gum-cypress (Quercus/Liquidambar styraciflua/Taxodium distichum) and longleaf/slash pine (Pinus taeda/ Pinus echinata) forests in southern Mississippi. Moreover, stem profile was also fitted with segmented profile models: Max and Burkhart (1976), Cao (2009) modified Max and Burkhart, and Clark et al. (1991). Numerous results showed that: 1) diameter at breast height, volume and biomass of tallow grew faster in oak-gum-cypress forest while height grew faster with DBH in Longleaf/Slash pine forest; 2) the stem of tallow was generally sturdy in oak-gum-cypress forest while it was slender in longleaf/slash pine forest; however, there was no significant difference between them. Growth and taper models provide a tool for managers to estimate future stocking of tallow tree.