Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trees Can Lean for a Variety of Reasons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trees Can Lean for a Variety of Reasons

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Q - One of the trees in our backyard is young and growing at a 60-degree angle to the ground. It is about 6 feet tall now. Should we go ahead and correct it, and if so how should we correct it?

A - It would be helpful to know the identification of the tree you ask about. Determining why the tree is leaning will help decide if and how corrective training can be accomplished.

Generally speaking, trees may lean for a variety of reasons. Nature is not perfectly symmetrical, and a leaning tree can have great character and beauty. Those growing in windy, exposed sites are frequently bent by prevailing winds. Pruning the upright central leader of a tree may cause it to start to grow in a different direction off to one side. Trees may also lean and stretch for light because of shading from larger nearby trees or structures. …

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