WHY can’t trees grow indefinitely?

Thus, even the very thick trunk of the strongest tree, once it gets to a height of a couple of hundred meters, either it cannot support its own weight, or it will fall under a gust of wind. If the trunk were not a column, but a cone with a very wide base, the tree would be able to grow up to 500 meters.

As for trees, they use the so-called turgor pump to transport nutrients, which uses osmotic pressure and water molecules that “bind” to each other by surface tension, or cohesion. However, soon after 130 meters of ascent, the turgor pump will stand up.

Besides, the efficiency of photosynthesis decreases in a tall tree: such a giant cannot have a sprawling crown commensurate with its size.

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