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  • The ratio of live crown length to tree height (crown ratio; CR) is often used as an important predictor variable for tree level growth equations, particularly for multi-species and multi-layered stands. Also, CR indicates tree vigour and can be an important habitat variable. Measurement of CR for each tree can be time-consuming and difficult to obtain in very dense stands and for very tall trees where the base of live crown is obscured. Models to predict CR from size, competition and site variables were developed for several coniferous and one hardwood tree species growing in multi-species and multi-layered forest stands (complex stands) of southeastern British Columbia. Simple correlations indicated the expected relationships of CR decreasing with increasing height, and with increasing competition. A logistic model form was used to constrain predicted CR values to the interval [0,1]. Also, predictors were divided into tree size, stand competition, and site measures, and the contribution of each set of contributors was examined. For all models, height was an important predictor. The stand competition measure, basal area of larger trees, contributed significantly to predicting CR given that crown competition factor was also included as a measure of competition. Logical trends in CR versus size and competition variable groups were reflected by the models; site variable slightly improved predictions for some species. Much of the variability in CR was not accounted for, indicating that other variables are important for explaining CR changes in these complex stands.
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  • Temesgen, H., V.M. LeMay, and S.J. Mitchell. 2005. Tree crown ratio models for multi-species and multi-layered stands. For. Chron. 81(1): 133-141.
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