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?


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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