What big ears you have…

Perhaps a compliment for some, but certainly not for a tree. This common alder (Alnus glutinosa) has a cracking pair of ears at this co-domnant fork junction. A very tight angle, with a fair amount of included bark within. No real target beneath, though long-term will its retention be feasible without massive failure occurring? As it sits in a relatively sheltered area, perhaps; though it’s on the slope of a hill, and the wind may howl through at times. Forever a weak point, that’s for certain.

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Side profile.
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At a 45-degree angle to the fork.
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Looking right at the union, we can see the tight angle and hefty stretch of bark inclusion.
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What big ears you have…

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