|A vigorous maple tree bole formed a complete circle, a unique recovery from damage found in Richland County, Ohio. Photo by author|
Oddly formed trees have attracted notice and captured imaginations of observers for as long as people have been sharing woodlands with trees. For many, these unique forms seem too odd to be accidents of nature. Enthusiasts assign human motives and methods to explain their existence. Labels such as casualty trees, recovery trees, trident trees, jesuit trees, trail trees, KGC trees, thong trees, signal trees, compass trees, treasure trees, boundary trees, pointer trees, marker trees, and so on often suggest imagined human utility of recovery forms found commonly in nature.
|Small hemlock exhibiting ring-bole. Mohican State Park, Ohio.|
Photo courtesy of Paula Miller.
|Common recovery form. A survivor of pinning by a fallen tree, Pike County, Ohio. Reaction wood has added asymmetrical mass to the horizontal element. Photo by author.|