Effect of fertilizer on wood properties of Eucalyptus globulus

Document Type


Publication details

Raymond, CA & Muneri, A 2000, 'Effect of fertilizer on wood properties of Eucalyptus globulus', Canadian Journal of Forest Research, vol. 30, vol. 1, pp. 136-144.

Publisher's version of article available at http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1139/cjfr-30-1-136

Peer Reviewed



The effects of N and P fertilizers applied to Eucalyptus globulus Labill. at plantation establishment on basic density, fibre length, fibre coarseness, predicted pulp yield, and N and P concentration in the wood were examined by sampling four fertilizer factorial trials: three in Victoria and one in Western Australia. Treatments sampled were control, maximum levels of N and P by themselves and combined. Growth responses varied across sites with significant growth responses at the Victorian sites but no response at the Western Australian site. An interaction was suggested between rainfall and the effects of the fertilizer; wood properties at the drier sites were detrimentally affected by fertilizer but there was little effect at the wetter sites. On the two drier sites, application of both N and P, alone or in combination, resulted in changes in density, shorter fibres, and slightly lower predicted pulp yield. Addition of both N and P increased the levels of these nutrients in the wood at the three Victorian sites. Changes occurred in wood properties in the absence of growth responses to the applied fertilizer indicating that these changes were not induced by changing tree growth rate.