TREES WHO ARE TRUE FRIENDS.. In Chapter 1 of his book (which is entitled “Friendships”), Wohlleben romanticizes the relationships that can arise between trees, based on connections that he cannot specify: “It is in the degree of connection—or maybe even affection—that decides how helpful a tree’s colleagues will be.”

Wohlleben thinks that you can see the possible affectionate connection between some trees simply by looking up at the forest canopy. “The average tree grows its branches out until it encounters the branch tips of a neighboring tree of the same height. It doesn’t grow any wider because the air and better light in this space are already taken. However, it heavily reinforces the branches it has extended…But a pair of true friends is careful right from the start not to grow overly thick branches in each other’s direction.”

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