Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday Mystery From Mother Nature...!

We all know that nature can be pretty impressive when it comes to showing off Her skills, but She can impress us with a good mystery from time to time as well!

The Double Tree of Casorzo

In the countryside of Piemonte, Italy, there is an unusual sight. There is a cherry tree there that looks, in most respects, just like any other healthy cherry tree—except that it happens to growing directly on top of a mulberry tree.

This isn’t completely unprecedented. Parasitic trees have grown out of others before, but normally they are small, stunted things that live short lives before falling off. The Double Tree of Casorzo, though, consists of two fully-formed, healthy trees, each spreading its branches five meters across.

Nobody quite knows how it happened. The locals believe that a bird may have dropped a cherry seed on top of the mulberry tree. The seed grew roots that pushed through the mulberry tree’s hollow trunk and reach all the way to the soil below—letting it survive and grow into a full, healthy tree.

Nature must really enjoy a good joke on all of us. Just when we think we have something figured out, She throws another monkey wrench into the mix. You go Ma Nature!

Coffee outside once again!


linda m said...

Yay, coffee on the patio!! Mother Nature sure pulled a "foolie" on us when she allowed this tree to grow and mature. Have a nice LAbor Day.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Yeah. She does that from time to time. Gtta keep a close eye on her!
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

Pretty neat stuff comes from Mother Nature, and help from the birds. I have seen and also had cactus growing in rain gutters.

Happy Labor day! I will go out to breakfast with my daughter today and thats about it for me.

Gorges Smythe said...

That's probably the case, but I also wonder if a graft would work between cherry and mulberry.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
When She wants to grow something, there is n stopping her.
Enjoy the time with the daughter. Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Gorges...
Could be...I don't know a lot about grafting, so I couldn't say.
Thanks for coming over today!