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Tree Anatomy - Know the General Terms

Tree Anatomy - Know the General Terms

Trees are one of the most vital living things on the planet. They provide oxygen, filter the air, provide habitat for wildlife, improve soil composition, and protect us from harsh winds, among many other functions. Trees are made up of various parts, from the roots to the crown, that allow them to provide these endless functions. Familiarizing ourselves with the anatomy of a tree will help us gain a better understanding of how they operate and how we can better take care of them. Below, we have listed the most vital anatomy terms that are commonly used in the tree care industry.


Roots Are the Foundation of Trees

Roots perform vital functions to keep the tree thriving. The roots are found below the ground where they absorb nutrients and water from the soil. The tree then uses these essential nutrients to promote its growth and store food to produce foliage. Aside from the uptake of nutrients and minerals, roots also provide structural support for the tree.

A tree's root system can grow as deep as seven feet. One common misconception about tree roots is that they grow deep in the ground. Roots actually extend mostly outward so they can have a good grip on the soil. The strength and growth of a root system will always depend on if it has adequate space and optimal soil conditions.


Tree Trunks Are Vital For Nutrient Delivery

Tree trunks start at the root collar (the area where roots converge with the trunk) and hold vital functions to ensure robust tree...

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