A Mature Elm With a Big Lean

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MarkGraham
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Re: A Mature Elm With a Big Lean

Post by MarkGraham » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:01 pm

I contacted the village and the prevailing thought is the tree grew out from under the branches of a large tree in the adjacent yard that is now down. Then it just continued on its way. Now gravity being what it is perhaps there was some shift in the past as well. It has stabilized though, no change in lean over the past five years per the all knowing eye of Google Earth.

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Re: A Mature Elm With a Big Lean

Post by MarkGraham » Sun May 29, 2016 10:47 am

On a bike ride past this tree this morning, I felt something was different, and then realized the tree had been removed in the past week.

Here are two photos, one shows the stump (looking south), the other shows the gap where the leaning tree once stood (looking north).

You can see the tremendous buttressing the tree did on the lean (left) side of this stump. It is hard to count rings as there is some kind of paste spread over the stump but it looks to be about 50 years old. It may have been a linden, not an elm. No leaves left to verify.

This is also an illustration of how many tree trunks are circular but are not circles.
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Bart Bouricius
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Re: A Mature Elm With a Big Lean

Post by Bart Bouricius » Mon May 30, 2016 9:46 am

I was just going to say, no way it will last another 5 years, and looks like a linden. Possibly it fell, and I think the roots were quite stressed with the weight at that extreme angle anyway. Did it look possible that the tree fell and the sod and stump fell back in place when it was cut up? I have seed this happen a lot, and the signs can be virtually invisible unless you are looking for them.

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Re: A Mature Elm With a Big Lean

Post by MarkGraham » Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:23 pm

I checked with the village, the tree was clipped by a truck so they decided to cut it down.

Joe

Re: A Mature Elm With a Big Lean

Post by Joe » Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:16 am

I sometimes see trees that seem to be defying the laws of gravity- one of the many neat things about trees.
Joe

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