Industry News: Bark and Trunk Concerns

Q: Does a certain species of pine have three trunks branching off one, or is it a fluke?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016  

Q: I'm wondering if a pine that has one main trunk and then branches off to three big trunks, creating a "seat" in the middle, is a certain species or a fluke. It drops cones but is very old. I would like to plant another like it if possible.

A: The three trunk feature is not specific to a species but rather training. Usually, this happens as a result of the top breaking out, and multiple branches can form where there was once one. I would need an overall tree picture and up close of the needles to identify the species.

 

Responder: Jon Butcher, RCA #486, Milford, OH