A-Z of botany: Bole

We all know what a tree trunk is and a branch and a twig, though quite when one becomes the other is perhaps less clear. But what about the bole?

bole-copy

The bole of the tree is the trunk from ground level to the first major branch. When measuring the girth of a tree it is measured at about chest height, more accurately 1.3-1.5m above the soil level (1.4m in the USA).

 

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5 Comments on “A-Z of botany: Bole”

  1. Anne Cullen
    October 13, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    You’re a mine of information & always so interesting.
    I follow your blogs all the time – but just don’t usually comment – sorry. Regards. Anne

  2. derrickjknight
    October 13, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Something I didn’t know, but the Head Gardener did. Thanks, Geoff

  3. karen
    October 13, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    I’ve been studying some 200 year old trees where the grafting point is about 1.5 m above ground. Thanks for your information .

    • thebikinggardener
      October 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

      The interesting thing about some grafted trees is that you get a huge bulge where the graft is if the stock and scion grow at different rates.

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