Aluminum toxicity is as serious concern in forest ecosystems. While much work has focused on soil solution aluminum chemistry in forests, less attention has been devoted to examining aluminum inputs from the canopy via washoff. Seasonality and the corresponding phenological conditions it triggers appears to have a detectable effect on aluminum washoff dynamics. In both leafed and leafless states, there is an intrastorm exponential decrease in aluminum inputs to forest soils. While aluminum fluxes were approximately threefold larger for American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.) in the leafless period compared to the leafed period, the opposite was true for yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) where leafless aluminum stemflow fluxes were half those of the leafed period. We attribute these differences to increased stemflow volumes in the leafless period for beech and the much more highly concentrated stemflow aluminum concentrations from yellow poplar during the leafed period. The Ca:Al ratio in stemflow inputs is of such a magnitude (ranging from approximately 5-80 for beech and 5-18 for yellow poplar) that it could ameliorate the lower Ca:Al ratio in the soil solution around the base of trees, thereby possibly buffering trees from some stress associated with aluminum release.
- Aluminum solute chemistry,
- American beech,
- Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.,
- Liriodendron tulipifera L
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