Plant ID forum: Stoplight tree

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Nov 12, 2017 9:18 AM CST
I noticed this weirdly-pruned tree the other day at a red light. I wonder if that "all on top" growth pattern was intentional. It looks vaguely like a human brain.

My guess would be that somebody lopped off the top and didn't realize it would grow new branches straight up from that point. What species is it?
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Nov 12, 2017 9:34 AM CST
I don't know what kind of tree it is, but I think the trim job was to avoid the wires and also give a clear view of the stop light.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Nov 12, 2017 9:36 AM CST
I guess you can't see it from the picture, but the wires and the light are both far in front of or behind the tree.

It's possible the tree was previously just that big, though. That's a good point.
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