Hollow tree

I was visiting a friend in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal this week and this beautiful flourishing elm tree was in her front garden.

Can anyone explain to me how this tree thrives without any insides please?

Thank you sprogs x

— Helen McNulty

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Hollow tree

Hollow tree

4 Responses to Hollow tree

  1. Shaggy March 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    All the water and nutrient transport occurs in the outer layers of bark. This why ring-barking is such an effective way to kill a tree, and why this tree can still survive.

  2. Helen March 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Thank you so much for the info, I never knew that about tree bark.

  3. Shaggy March 24, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I have also heard that the sap moves at incredible speeds up the tree. I stand to be corrected, but something like over 1000km/h on a hot sunny day!!!!

  4. Helen March 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Wow! That’s remarkable. It’s pretty hot here today so the sap must be going crazy!

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