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

African CottonĀ

Hollow tree
Hollow tree

4 replies on “Hollow tree”

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.

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!!!!

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