Leaf phenology in relation to canopy closure in southern Appalachian trees.

@article{Lopez2008LeafPI,
  title={Leaf phenology in relation to canopy closure in southern Appalachian trees.},
  author={Omar R. Lopez and Krista Farris-Lopez and Rebecca A. Montgomery and Thomas J. Givnish},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={95 11},
  pages={1395-407}
}
Leaf phenology varies markedly across tree species of temperate deciduous forests. Early leafing in spring may increase light capture and carbon gain prior to canopy closure, allowing saplings to survive in understory sites deeply shaded in midsummer. We quantified sapling leaf phenology for 18 tree species and seasonal variation in understory light availability at three sites along a ridge-slope-cove landform gradient in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Early leafing species (e.g… CONTINUE READING