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Multitrunk vs Single Trunk Trees



Will Blozan wrote: WoW! Nice tree! Thanks for posting. It does look like a double to me, though.

Bart Bouricious wrote: Your right, it could be, but when you magnify it as much as possible it seems ambiguous. Maybe when and if Elija goes back to get a size comparison picture he can check to see if the separation line really does seem to run all the way down and get some images of that. I wonder is someone knows how common it is for cottonwoods to fuse trunks in such a way that you cant tell. I am spending too much time on this bulletin board, but its raining on the slush here now.

Turner Sharp wrote: Bart: Along the Ohio river it is not unusual to see fused mutlistem cottonwoods. I am currently in Arizona and in the past couple of days I observed a couple of hundred Fremont Cottonwoods along water courses. I would estimate 15-25 percent were fused multistems. Will have some decent Arizona tree numbers and trip reports to post have when I get back. i agree with Will B. it looks like a possible fused double.

Regarding the fused trunk hypothesis, I hadn't even considered it until now. As Bart inferred, if the tree is a double, it really isn't noticeable in the overall form. My argument for the single-tree theory: 1) The main trunk, up to the first big split (~20-30' up), is fairly symmetrical all the way around from ground level (no bulbous protrusions or deep hollows); 2) Double trees (especially in this area) tend to split apart before reaching this size, I'm guessing from a combination of freeze-thaw cycles and heavy snow and wind, but that's just an uneducated guess; and 3) The tree presents itself, from almost every angle, as one individual, not two or more individuals combined. Part of the problem here is that I only took photos from one direction, so I'm not giving an overall representation of the tree. I respect every opinion expressed on this forum, especially those lots of experience with this kind of thing, and if I'm proven wrong, that's ok with me. You fellows have good eyes, and I certainly see the quality of your reasoning.

If anybody is in the area, I would encourage you to visit the cottonwood and take pictures, for sure. Just watch out for vehicles coming down the hill and around the bend while you're there.

by ElijahW
Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:55 am
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Tanglewood Park, NC revisited

I found myself in Clemmons, NC earlier this week and remembered that Will had suggested Tanglewood Park as a place of interest for tree lovers. Will was nice enough to point me to an area with tall tulip poplars between the cottages and Mallard Lake (see ). I only had about 45 minutes to explore the park, but I went straight to the shore of Mallard Lake and found the tulip forest Will mentioned. There are at least 10 tulips with CBHs of 8-10 feet. I would say they are all about 120-150 feet tall. The notable trees are all marked with numbered tags.

In the same area are plenty of beech trees and a tall tree along the shoreline with darker bark than a tulip. It had mistletoe in its upper-most branches. Here are a few pictures. Can anyone tell me what it is?

On my way out of the park I checked on an amazing 20.5” CBH oak that I couldn’t help but notice on my way in. Here’s the plaque in front of the tree. The pictures will speak for themselves.

Tanglewood park also has a restored steam engine on display. There are more pictures of the engine and the trees at:[/url]

Here are some past posts on tanglewood park:
Will Blozan 2004
Jess Riddle 2007
I hope I didn’t leave any out.
by pdbrandt
Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:31 pm
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Re: Three favorite tree Question.

#1 Virginia Pine - I always think of a short, knobby, twisted specimen growing straight out of some sandstone knob. They are tough individuals that takes the worst nature can give, yet still grows and maintains a unique individuality.

#2 Black Maple - The tree of my youth. There are some big, spreading, open grown specimens around my parents place. Those trees during a blaze of orange in October is my vision of autumn.

# Quaking Aspen - This is an odd one because in the east, the tree doesn't really have much magic. But go west... it is simply pops. There is nothing like crossing endless acres of sagebrush or shortgrass prairie [lovely places in their own right] to come to some rising mountains and finding a clonal group of Aspen sheltering in some valley, the wind twisting the leaves every direction.
by Chris
Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:26 pm
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Re: Tree Haiku

If I can stand still,
but know how to eat the sun,
will I too be tree?"
by KarlCronin
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:55 pm
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