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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 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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