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The mysteries of the “shy” trees

The next time you take a walk through the woods, among tall trees, don’t miss the opportunity to look up and enjoy the beautiful canopy. You are likely to be surprised at what you will see.

Have you ever noticed the mysterious way the tops of some trees grow untouched? As if there was a shyness among the trees? Some call this phenomenon ‘shyness of the crown’. The physiological explanation has not yet been determined, but this beauty has captured the attention of scientists for almost 100 years.

Many scientists believe that the contact between branches caused by high winds causes the trees to shrink and move apart. Others have suggested that ‘crown shyness’ is a way to prevent leaf-eating insects from spreading. The truth is that ‘crown shyness’ allows more light to enter (hence more efficient photosynthesis) into the forest. It also helps trees suffer less damage, prevent disease and ward off parasites.

The mystery is very beautiful, they create images that look like paintings, and confirm the incomprehensible power of nature.

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