A Review of Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook: A Recent Update and Potential Application in Vietnam

Tran Binh Da 1 and Le Thi Ngoc Ha 2

1Faculty of Agronomy, Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi 131000, Vietnam
2PhD student of Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences, Hanoi 130500, Vietnam
Received: May 7, 2020 /
Published: Dec 31, 2020

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Abstract

By reviewing worldwide literature, this paper aimed to systematically collate available information about the species Cunninghamia lanceolata. Based on the findings of the review, including the species’ floral characteristics; updated distribution; historical knowledge and heritage; growth and factors influencing its forests; soil nutrition and microbes; carbon storage; wood; and chemicals and essential oils, we have identified issues for consideration regarding the use of this species for big timber production in Vietnam. We propose that it is suitable for a range of applications: for small or large timber plantations, mono/mixed plantations, and agroforestry. If planted at lower altitudes or warmer temperatures, its growth is likely to be improved, but seed production may be less successful. Cultivation of this species for big timber production should be undertaken according to silviculture best practices, ensuring good seed quality, a suitable stand density, and appropriate fertilization thinning strategies, in support of government policies and in accordance with current science and technology.

Keywords: C. lanceolata var. lanceolata, C. lanceolata var. konishii, forest, oil, timber

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Da, T., & Ha, L. (2020). A Review of Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook: A Recent Update and Potential Application in Vietnam. Vietnam Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(4), 892-902. https://doi.org/10.31817/vjas.2020.3.4.12

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