- Most commercial sources of native seed are sourced from outside the historic range of longleaf pine, and may not be optimal for restoration projects in the region
- Selecting appropriate seed sources for a specific restoration site requires knowledge about the variability of plant performance across a species’ range
- Seed can likely be moved relatively long west-to-east distances (several hundred miles) from Mississippi through South Carolina, including northern Florida, because of similarities in climate and topography; conversely, moving seeds from farther north or west may be more likely to adversely impact plant performance
Giencke, L.M., R.C. Denhof, L.K. Kirkman, O.S. Stuber, and S.T. Brantley. 2018. Seed sourcing for longleaf pine ground cover restoration: using plant performance to assess seed transfer zones and home-site advantage. Restoration Ecology.
Lisa Giencke, [email protected]