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Trees in Nashville

A tree is a perennial woody plant. It is most often defined as a woody plant that has many secondary branches supported clear of the ground on a single main stem or trunk with clear apical dominance. A minimum height specification at maturity is cited by some authors, varying from 3 m to 6 m; some authors set a minimum of 10 cm trunk diameter (30 cm girth). Woody plants that do not meet these definitions by having multiple stems and/or small size are called shrubs. Compared with most other plants, trees are long-lived, some reaching several thousand years old and growing to up to 115 m (379 ft) high.

Trees are an important component of the natural landscape because of their prevention of erosion and the provision of a weather-sheltered ecosystem in and under their foliage. They also play an important role in producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as moderating ground temperatures. They are also elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their orchard crops (such as apples). Wood from trees is a building material, as well as a primary energy source in many developing countries. Trees also play a role in many of the world's mythologies.


Our Tree Care Philosophy

Trees are the largest, tallest, and oldest living things on the planet. They are the most significant part of a landscape. Trees clean the air, provide shade, noise dampening and other benefits beyond simply adding intrinsic beauty to our surroundings. We feel that it is important to protect the health of both the individual tree and the tree community, or the Urban Forest. An understanding of tree biology is the basis for proper tree care. At Tree Resource, we endeavor to prune in a manner that promotes longevity in our client's trees. Our best compliment is when our clients tell us that their trees do not look like they were pruned.

Some basic truths about trees:

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Trees do not heal.

When a tree is wounded, from a major stem fracture to a for sale sign nailed to the trunk of a tree, the wound is permanent. Proper tree care minimizes the wounding of trees.


Trees are compartmented organisms.

When trees receive wounds or damage they "wall off" or compartmentalize the wound to prevent decay from spreading. This is the process that allows for cavities in trees.


Trees are continually growing.

Generating as opposed to re-generating, is the theme for trees. Trees generate new cells over the top of previous growth. Trees manufacture their food through their leaves and other surfaces that contain chlorophyll. Because trees are constantly generating new parts, old parts are shed when they can no longer provide more energy than they use.