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Why do Coconut trees always seem to lean towards the sea?


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It's not so much leaning towards the sea, the tree is leaning in the direction of the prevailing winds.

This is not unique to coconut trees, but one needs several "ingredients" to make the effect clearly visible. They are: 1. preferably a tall tree with a narrow flexible trunk to withstand occasional high winds (storms). Short "stubby" trees tend to recover to their wind-less shape. Trees whose trunk is large compared to its height tend not to "give" to the prevailing winds, just because of the mechanics. 2. A climate/location where there is a prevailing unobstructed wind direction and proper growth conditions for the coconut tree (Pacific island).

There may be other factors but these are some of the major reasons.

Vince Calder



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