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27 Amazing Examples Of “Crown Shyness”, A Phenomenon Where Trees Avoid Touching

Governments advise us to stay home and practice social distancing. This could protect us from the deadly virus that has killed over 160K people. If you have hard time doing it, just check out these trees.

Tall trees amaze us with their elegance and beauty. Their leaves change colors throughout the year and then fall down to cover the land in gold. Trees give us oxygen, food, medicine and even fuel.

These giants conserve energy and attract rain. Need to save water? Plant more trees! They will also help you prevent soil erosion.

But, trees need their personal space. Have you ever heard of the “crown shyness” phenomenon? Uppermost branches of trees don’t even touch one another. The phenomenon was first represented to the world in the 1920s.

Crown shyness is common in black mangrove trees, eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, camphor trees, Japanese larch and many other types. The phenomenon is more common in tropical forests with flatter canopies.

So what really happens up there? Some say it occurs as a result of the rubbing of trees. Others claim the branches were actually broken by the wind. Some experts say that this phenomenon optimizes light exposure to improve the photosynthesis of trees. There are several theories about this.

According to Venerable Trees, a conservation nonprofit, trees are just competing for more resources. “Trees have a highly sophisticated system for measuring light and telling time.

They can tell whether light is coming from the sun or if it’s being reflected off leaves. Leaves have been shown to detect far-red light bouncing onto them after hitting trees close by.

When they discern that light is being reflected off leaves, that’s a signal: ‘Hey, there’s another plant nearby, let’s slow down growth in that direction.’”

Is there any possibility for insects to crawl up there and destroy upper branches of trees? One thing stands for sure. This phenomenon makes the best pics.

Sources:
www.demilked.com
www.thisiscolossal.com
www.mnn.com