Garden Photo of the Day

One tough tree

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Continuing yesterday’s tree theme, today’s photos are a tribute to the power of nature to overcome obstacles. This tree, on the Appalachian Trail just north of Skyland Resort in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, was able to rise through the rock, stretch for the sun, and thrive.

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  1. ncgardener 07/01/2011

    Wow, I wish you had said the type of tree it was. That is amazing.

  2. Ruth 07/01/2011

    Sorry to say that I don't know the tree species. In the third photo, you see a #4 by the tree. That's a stop on the Stony Man Interpretive Trail, and if you ever hike there, It think you can get a guide for $1 at the southern end, near Skyland. I was hiking north to south on the Appalachian Trail, so I didn't pick up a guide.

  3. rstamper 07/02/2011

    Great find. Most likely the tree seed germinated when the soil level was higher and the root system adapted as the soil eroded away. From the bark the tree might be a birch, possibly yelloe or black.

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