Crown plasticity enables trees to optimize canopy packing in mixed-species forests

Using crown allometric data collected for 12 939 trees from permanent forest plots across Europe, we test whether diversity promotes canopy packing across forest types and whether increased canopy packing occurs primarily through vertical stratification of tree crowns or intraspecific plasticity in crown morphology.

Jucker, T.; Bouriaud, O.; Coomes, D.A.