Can you guess why the tree fell over during the hurricane? The picture of the roots gives you a clue. Even though there were a lot of roots—and some of them large ones—the weight of the tree top with all its branches and leaves was too heavy. The strong winds pushed hard enough on the top branches of the tree that the roots gave way and the tree fell over on its side. The soil that the roots were growing in was very wet, too, from lots of rain, so the roots just couldn't hang on.
How to find the fallen tree's roots at the Arboretum:
Enter the Fern Valley collection and follow the path down the hill and to the right. Don't cross the stream. Just keep walking and you'll come to the fallen tree.
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Last Updated July 10, 2009 10:06 AM
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