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Cladoptosis: An interesting phenomenon

Cladoptosis is a process in which trees shed their branches or “self-prune” as part of their normal physiology¬†or in response to stress¬†through the formation of an abcission layer at the branch base. Sources of stress which may contribute to this shedding include drought, soil and root compaction, or presence of disease. In the case of certain tree species, however, none of these factors need be present in order for Cladoptosis to occur. For some tree species, including larches, pines, poplars, willows, maples, walnut, ashes, bald cypress, and oaks,… Read More →