Inosculation


Wikipedia defines inosculation as “a natural phenomenon in which trunks, branches or roots of two trees grow together. It is biologically very similar to grafting.”

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Here are two Giant Sequoias that have grown together and are fused from the base up to about 5 feet.

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The other side.

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Here are 3 Sequoias that have fused. The two on the left fused at the base and the two on the right fused about 15 feet up.

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The other side.

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Inosculation is very common. Here are 2 Oak trees that have grown together.

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The other side.

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You can even find inosculation in bonsai, although I doubt that this was natural. Here is a Japanese Maple forest bonsai I found at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. The middle 3 trees are fused.

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A close up from the the front.

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A close up side view. You can see all 3 trees fused here to about 6 inches from the base.

Have fun!

2 Responses to “Inosculation”

  1. Lorraine Liljenquist Says:

    We have on our property two young maple trees, 3″ to 4″ diameter, whose bases are approximately two feet apart. At about 12′ up they become one tree. Is this a common inosculation?

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