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Table 4 Selected international growth rates for wood plantations

From: Planted forest development in Australia and New Zealand: comparative trends and future opportunities

Species Mean Annual Increment (m3 ha-1 yr-1) Rotation length (years) Main countries or regions
Eucalyptus grandis W.Hill ex Maiden and various hybrids 15 - 40 5 - 15 Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay, India, Congo, Zimbabwe
Other tropical eucalypts 10 - 20 5 - 10 China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Madagascar, Myanmar
Temperate eucalypts 5 - 18 10 - 15 Chile, Portugal, north-west Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia
Tropical acacias 15 - 30 7 - 10 Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Philippines, Thailand
Caribbean pines 8 - 20 10 - 18 Venezuela
Pinus patula Schiede ex Schltdl. & Cham. and P. elliotii 15 - 25 15 - 18 Swaziland
Gmelina arborea Roxb. 12 - 35 12 - 20 Costa Rica, Malaysia, Solomon Islands
Paraserianthes falcataria (L.) Nielsen 15 - 35 12 - 20 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Poplars 11 - 30 7 - 15 China, India, USA, central and western Europe, Turkey
Pinus radiata * 25 - 30 25 Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile
  1. Source: Cossalter and Pye-Smith (2003), * FAO (2001).