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CategoriesNooks and cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe human body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of every evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and screenBirds and also the bees BIRDS and THE BEESI saw sculpted on a tree tribe an inscription dated 1920. That was very high up on the trunk. How do trees grow - from the top, the bottom, or both? Flo, London Trees grow from the top, although, like countless of us, castle thicken in ~ the base. The truth that the carving was high up way that the carver had actually a ladder or climbing spikes...or was an particularly bright monkey. Mike Bird, Maryport, Cumbria The very first answer is finish rubbish. Trees thrive from the root upwards and the trunk rises by one annular ring every year The leaves and branches flourish at the top, as the reduced branches often tend to dice off uneven someone or something walk a bit of pruning and activates brand-new growth. Basically, it is cultivation towards the light of the sun until its life expectancy is reached. Jack Hill, St Albans, England Trees, like all plants, grow from groups of splitting cells called meristems. In tree these are usually at the tips of shoots, and also at the tips of the roots. Meristems not at the tips create branches. KJ, Oxford UK as a little boy in the 50s I aided my brother execute a an extremely classy carving on a tires Beech tree (nice smooth bark, inscription lasts because that ever) in our grandfather"s vicarage garden in Cornwall. Us were sit high increase in the crown in ~ the time, and also Ive occasionally wondered because what the reaction will be as soon as the tree ultimately comes down.Now ns spend much of my working life inspecting and also reporting on individual trees. On one occasion a passer-by experienced me staring up at a supermarket to buy trolley that had actually been placed in the top of a mature equine Chestnut (being a few yards away from a nurses hostel, this was not fairly as surprising together all that...). "That would have been put there when it was a young tree and its been lugged all the means up" he stated knowingly. I nodded in agreement. Geoff March, Stroud, UK Jack Hill is wrong. Trees perform not prosper up from the roots. The new growth is in ~ the tips of the branches. The buds we check out in winter space the basis of the next seasons growth. The buds elongate and also produce brand-new branches. The branches and also trunk boost in broad by creating a brand-new layer that sap-carrying cells external the previous year"s layer, just below the bark. The root mechanism grows in opposing direction, from the ends of the root tips. Mike Creasy, Cardiff UK together a young boy on my fifth birtday I acquired a new saw. I proceeded to reduced down the very first tree ns saw, which just happened to it is in decorative tree in our yard bordering ours neighbor.I reduced down a little douglas tree at two feet above the ground.The leading branch below the cut became the trunk, but left a really noticeable bending in the tree.As the tree flourished the noticeable bend in the tree also rose together with the branches around it.It is currently 32 years later and the tree is 50 feet tall and also the bend in the tree is end eight feet over the ground.While trees many visibly prosper from the edges, this is clear proof it also has some growth at the trunk.By the exact same token the 1920 mite on the tree was quite most likely done there is no a ladder. Rob Gibson, Duncan, BC, Canada I"ve constantly heard they thrive from the top, yet I can"t conflict what i see v my very own eyes. Http://m.hugelol.com/lol/87849. This mirrors it should do both. Melissa Bruce, Peralta, USA add your answer

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