7.5 River Birch Hedge Apple Grove - Redwoodtwig

Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

Branching patterns

Branching patterns

The branching pattern is of the new growth in the twigs. Pairs of new twigs sprout on opposite sides of the parent branch or they alternate with some distance between them.

This is not always that easy to see since most of the time one or the other side of a pair of young twigs grows much more than the other. Often one side or the other will come off for some reason before it gets much more than a few months old.

Trees have several families of preferred shapes. The black locust grows really fast by sending out quite long new growth and likes to shoot straight up in a small zig zag manner to a crown that has a spread out sprawly look, poking up from a somewhat wider middle section.

The river birches are almost like columns, a central trunk (or group of trunks) going straight up or gently curved up with a crown of much shorter twigs and a more compact top than the black locust.

The bald cypress like to grow into a pyramidal shape, with a pointed narrow top and spreading out from there down to the ground. It produces lots of new twig growth every year, but within a few months, many of them have dropped off, giving the leafless winter version a kind of scrawny look, but still a distinct top of the tree and the outline of the pyramid.