I don’t know what kind of tree this is, but I have to admire the tenacity with which it continually regrows branches/suckers that have been cut off.

You can see scarred burls from years of pruning all along the length of the trunk in the photo of the whole tree.

When you take a closer look, you can see the tiny beginnings of larger future growths, where skinny little twigs have emerged from the mounded remains of the first round or two of pruning.

The tree’s continual sprouting reminds me of the Hydra, that serpentine monster of Greek mythology that grew back two heads for every one that was cut off. Just a relentless life force.

Which, now that I think about it, makes me wonder: Shouldn’t we all be taking a few pointers from this tree? 😀

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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5 Responses to Tenacity

  1. paulrwaibel says:

    I particularly like the first picture.

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  2. Rose says:

    Interesting to find out when the leaves form. I’ve seen these trees which makes me think they are an old growth variety. The bark looks like a tree I took a photo of in Madison because I liked the texture of the bark. Unusual.

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    • I’ll see if I can find out. There are a bunch of trees like this one down in Jackson Park in MKE. I think this one was located pretty much right at the intersection of 43rd St. and Montana. But maybe if I contact the parks department, they can tell me exactly what kind of trees those are.


  3. Nature is amazing! (and so are your pictures!)


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