I have a mature maple tree in my back yard. Last week one of the upper tru
nks split and came down. It was on a very rainy day and the tree had recen
tly leafed out. The tree appears to be very healthy with new growth on all
branches. The split occurred on one of the main trunks about 20 feet abov
As I was looking closely at the tree to see if there were any obvious poten
tial future failures, I noticed that at the end of one of the branches off
of the main trunk, several new growths/shoots were more than two feet long.
All over the rest of the tree the new growths were about 4-6 inches long.
There no long growths anywhere else that I could see.
Anyone here have any ideas what causes this, and do the fast growths lead t
o future weaknesses in those branches? Any suggested web sites for further
On 6/12/2016 7:40 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Plants, including trees, don't have a circulatory system. In other
words, the roots in one area feed the branches that are connected to
those particular roots, and only those branches. Sounds simply as if
that section of the tree was getting more sunlight, water, or food and
was thus more advanced than the rest of the tree.
I have 5 photos at the photobucket address:
The fast growth is a noticeably lighter shade of green than the slower-grow
ing growth. It is closest to the camera in 4 of the photos. The one photo,
against the sky, shows a couple of the longest growths, more than 24 inche
s long while all the regular-looking new growth is 6 inches or so and defin
itely a darker shade of green.
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