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How Wood Grows and the Function of Wood Cells

By March 25, 2014

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The Vascular Cambium

Wood is a highly ordered arrangement of living, dying and dead cells. These tree cells function much like a lamp wick where the tree is anchored. The roots are bathed in a nutrient rich liquid which transports these nutrients plus moisture to the top where all is consumed.

A tree (and the cells) supports an ever-flowing wet system that must be maintained at all times. If the process fails to provide water at any point the tree will eventually die due to the failure of both water and food requirements that are necessary for life. Here is a biology lesson on tree cells.

  • The Tree Trunk and its Basic Wood Structure
  • Dermal, Vascular and Root Tree Tissue
  • How a Tree Grows - Basic Tree Biology
  • Illustration courtesy University of Florida


    November 14, 2011 at 9:23 am
    (1) Ed Hultgren says:

    I appreciate your articles but I wish you knew the creator of trees and didn’t put such stock in ‘trees coming up out of the sea’. You’re a bright man and I thank you for sharing your knowledge, minus the evolution theory, with the rest of us. I have a group of volunteers who give many hours each year to cut up downed trees for folks unable to buy wood.
    I think of some of your articles while I’m out there in the woods.

    November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    (2) forestry says:

    Hi Ed! My personal belief is that everything our “creator” of trees did took time and was not defined by any sudden event. The soup of life was a very ingenious method used to arrive at what we both believed happened by some “conscious” and beautiful design.

    April 2, 2014 at 12:14 am
    (3) palm tree removal cost says:

    You actually mentioned it really well!

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