tree breeding

The crossing of parents selected according to some desired trait to give offspring that are superior (on average) with respect to that trait. A progressive improvement may be possible from generation to generation. Superior parents are sometimes grafted and established in seed orchards, which are managed to maximize seed production.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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