I don’t know why I’m drawn to tree wounds, but they have always fascinated me. Maybe it’s because they tell a story.
Tree wounds don’t heal the same way ours do, but instead are covered over by callus tissue that develops at the edge of the wound and gradually grows inward toward the center. This wound was callusing over well, only to have the callus tissue re-wounded. What causes these wounds on trees that stand out in the middle of nowhere, I wonder?
Sometimes a wound is so big that it seems it would be impossible for the tree to cover over with callus tissue, but this one is making a mighty attempt.
Is this tree recovering, or is it too late? I have a feeling it’s too late-it looks like the callus tissue stopped growing long ago and rot seems to be infecting it.
If callus tissue stops growing disease can move in and lead to this.
But a tree can still stand even when it has been reduced to this.
Eventually though, trees left uncut by man will fall and one day become nutrient rich humus that young seedlings will use to grow strong and tall.