The form of a tree is the expression of the dynamic relationship that binds each tree with the environment in which it grows. The form a tree acquired, however, is not simply a reaction to its environment, but also relies on the adherence to
principles of tree architecture development. Giovanni will illustrate how these principles change according to the different species and how they evolve following the life of each individual tree.
The relationship that links the crown architecture to the organization of the root system will be presented and finally it will be shown how it is possible to relate the architectural characteristics of a tree to biological, physiological and pathological aspects.
Applying the Morphophysiological Approach: Tree Pruning and Tree Stability
Morphophysiology is the discipline that links the tree’s architecture with its biological functioning,with reference to its energetic, hormonal and structural aspects. Morphophysiological analysis is based on the predictability of the evolution of a tree. Observations of its present state, allows one to reconstruct its past and foresee its future development. In this way, the most appropriate diagnostic or arboricultural interventions can be designed to positively affect long-term structure.
A case study on a veteran London Planes (Platanus x hispanica) will be presented