Reaction to Competition
Sweetbay is classed as intermediate in tolerance to shade and to flooding as evidenced by its growth in bay heads and mixed swamps that are only seasonally shallow-flooded (16), and at the outer edges of cypress ponds that are only seasonally flooded (17). Among southern hardwoods, sweetbay is very resistant to fire; and as bark thickness increases, so does this resistance (5). Repeated burning however m eliminate sweetbay from some of the poorly drained flatwoods and Carolina bays (22).
- Burns, Russell M., and Barbara H. Honkala, technical coordinators. 1990. Silvics of North America: 1. Conifers; 2. Hardwoods. Agriculture Handbook 654 (Supersedes Agriculture Handbook 271,Silvics of Forest Trees of the United States, 1965). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Washington, DC. vol.2, 877 pp. http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/table_of_contents.htm
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