Why Pine trees have changed shapes?

Discussion in 'Gymnosperms (incl. Conifers)' started by ariani, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. ariani

    ariani Active Member 10 Years

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    Here are two pine trees why they have changed their shapes? The second one I call it snake pine tree.
     

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    abgardeneer Active Member

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    In both cases, there might have been something laying across the branch or seedling, e.g. a fallen log that's now gone, that caused the growth pattern... ?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    First one top was damaged, causing it to fork. Second one seedling came up with/near another, larger one, grew around it into the sun.
     
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    Sundrop Well-Known Member

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    I agree with abgardeneer. There must have been something obstructing the normal growth of both trees, a fallen log or a branch of another tree, that no longer exists.

    By the way, there is no forking in the first tree. What could be mistakingly taken as a branch is in fact a trunk of another tree growing behind. I have also never seen any trees growing around one another into the sun (especially if they grow in enough sun already).
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I'd agree with Ron B.

    In the first one, a likely cause of the damage was a pine shoot moth killing the lead shoot and then a side branch taking over. But other causes are possible.
     

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