I took this picture a few days ago and only today when I cropped and examined it more closely did I notice something strange.
Originally it was intended to be a ‘cute’ picture of 2 trees that grew VERY close together and a baby tree grew so close to them that I thought it looked like a ‘bush marriage’ with a baby.
Obviously the Cedar is the older of the 2 large trees and the Birch grew AFTER the Cedar was established already.
This is further indicated by the fact the base of the Birch is ‘inside’ the Cedar to some degree.
I thought it was cute that the LITTLE Spruce looked as if it were a hybrid offspring of two different species of trees.
Sorta cute…but when I looked closer today I realized that the bottom section of the trunk of the Birch is not a Birch…..AND it is not a Cedar……..AND it is not a Spruce.
What it DOES look like is the stump of a mature Poplar.
Maybe this is what happened….a broken Poplar or a near-dead stump had a broken piece of Birch branch fall on it with the open break down.
We have LOTS of windstorms here and broken branches are EVERYWHERE in my woods.
Conditions were just right and over time it grafted itself to the almost-but-not-quite dead Poplar stump and created this Hybrid tree.
You will have to press the ‘+’ to make my picture larger and THEN you will see what I mean.
Not as improbable as you might think as we have 3 fruit trees in our back yard, 2 apple and 1 cherry tree ….ALL OF WHICH were pieces of the fruit tree grafted unto an existing tree root.
My friend John used to be an owner of a family run & owned Apple orchard in Kelowna B.C. and tells me that this is ALWAYS how new trees are grown commercially.
BTW I PROMISE you this picture was not doctored in any way … just cropped.
As Mr. Ripley said………..BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!