Response of coppicing Albizia lebbek at different heights on regeneration and subsequent biomass production.
Seven pruning heights (5 cm (ground level), and 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 cm) were tested on Albizia lebbek [A. lebbeck] 18 months after planting 3-month-old saplings on field bunds [in Jammu and Kashmir]. The experiment used a randomized block design with 10 trees per block and three replications. Growth measurements were made 12 months after coppicing. Coppice shoot production, and green fodder and fuelwood yield all increased with coppicing height, while stump sprouting and survival were 100% for all heights except the ground level treatment (90 and 58%, respectively). The results can be used for maximizing biomass production when A. lebbeck is managed as a multi-stemmed shrub in agroforestry systems.