IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

A Novice Tree question

PhAssocs phassocs at aol.com
Sat May 3 08:56:41 EST 1997

Trees naturally righten themselves if open grown.  This tree was probably
shaded early on, and it grew a bend in its search for light.  If you
tansplant  it in order to get the main stem of the tree pointing straight
up you will end up with the trunk coming out of the ground at an angle for
the rest of its life.  If you let it be the tree will begin to grow
straight, though it will develop what is called sweep, or if its a more
drastic bend, crook.  For now it may not look so good, but once the
foliage fills out in a few years you will hardly notice the shape of the
stem behind it and it will have the appearance of being straight.  Only
upon close examination will you be able to tell.  Trees get sweep and
crook all the time due to natural causes and are amazingly resiliant.  I
would let it be.  It will give it character.

More information about the Plantbio mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net