“Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Makes Some Trees Avoid Each Other

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By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

Nature never stops to amaze us. Its beauty is revealed each day in a new manner and these trees are just an addition to that. Crown shyness is a common phenomenon in tree species such as camphor trees. Crown shyness is also known as canopy disengagement or canopy shyness. The crowns of the fully stocked trees rise to a great height but its uppermost branches do not touch each other. They form a canopy with channel-like gaps that look like winding rivers running between trees or like distinct tree silhouettes. The top-bottom view of the canopy looks like that of broccoli.

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Several scientists have attempted to study this phenomenon since the 1920s. Such beauty has been witnessed all around the world regardless of their type of environment, in the same manner of zig-zag lines, drawn high up by the edges of those trees. Many hypotheses have been presented on the same. The first one is that crown shyness occurs when the uppermost branches of the trees bump into each other in the high windy areas. The second hypothesis states that it allows perennial trees to absorb optimal light to facilitate photosynthesis. The third and most believed theory is that the gaps between the trees prevent the breeding of insects 

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Nevertheless, such a sight is a treat to the eyes. These jigsaw puzzles in the sky can be seen in places like Kuala Lumpur and the dense Amazon forests. If you are planning a trip there, make sure to witness this at least once.

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