Mathematical Approach for Defining Juvenile-Mature Wood Transition Zone in Black Locust and Chestnut


  • Stergios Adamopoulos
  • Anthony Karageorgos
  • Costas Passialis
  • Marina Chavenetidou


Juvenile wood, transition zone, logistic function, fiber length, black locust, chestnut


This article defines age of transition from juvenile to mature wood in two ring-porous species, black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) and chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.). A logistic function was proposed using fiber length and ring width data of three black locust trees, aged 35-37 yr, and five chestnut coppice trees, aged 25-27 yr, from Sithonia Peninsula, Chalkidiki, Greece. The approach proved to be practical and objective in delineating maturity zones, and it was based on rate of change of yearly fiber length. The juvenile wood zone spread to the sixth growth ring from the pith in both species, whereas the demarcation of juvenile and mature wood was at age 12 and 14 yr in chestnut and black locust, respectively. Transition zone width comprised rings 7-12 in chestnut and rings 7-14 in black locust.


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