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Living Trees are Mostly Dead

20160813A.jpgMost mature trees are made up of 99% dead cells. The only living parts are the leaves, the buds, the apex of the branches, the root tip and a thin layer under the bark (the cambium) which serves a food and moisture delivery system.

That’s why a hollow tree can live for decades even if its wood has almost entirely disappeared: the heart of any tree is dead anyway and its absence makes little difference to the tree’s survival.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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