Biomass and Wood Properties of Young Silver Maple Clones


  • Wayne A. Geyer
  • Charles Barden
  • John E. Preece


Acer, fiber length, gross heat of combustion, specific gravity, tree growth, wood energy


Biomass properties were determined to characterize the differences between young silver maple clones as an energy source or fiber source feedstock. Size varied significantly among 25 maple sources evaluated, but larger trees generally had the better survival, which is highly important in clonal comparisons. Characteristics of the wood were similar to those of soft hardwoods; the mean value of gross heat of combustion was 19.6 kJ/g; the fiber length was relatively short (0.74 mm); the ash content was 0.291; and the specific gravity was 0.43. Clonal differences were significant.


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