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A tree, presumably showing a reaction to being cut down.

I often see thick, swollen ends of branches on trees in the winter. The picture shows a "lime tree".

What is this swelling called? How is this caused? Is it caused by the tree being cut down? If so, is this a reaction of... most of trees? Which trees swell like this? Why? Does it have a name? Is it damaging to the tree? Thank you very much.

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  • where was the picture taken? In a field of lime trees => an agricultural setting?
    – kevinskio
    Jun 15, 2023 at 17:03
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    It's where the tree has been pollarded, ie it's where, year after year, young growth has been cut hard back. Try googling ""lime tree" pollarding" and looking at the resultant images.
    – Peter4075
    Jun 15, 2023 at 17:10
  • @kevinskio It is an image from a graveyard in denmark, Nysogn Churchyard. Jun 15, 2023 at 17:50
  • @Peter4075 That's the solution, thanks! Comment it and I can accept your answer, if you care about internet points. Jun 15, 2023 at 17:59
  • @Peter4075 please don’t answer in comments, thanks.
    – Stephie
    Jun 15, 2023 at 21:49

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It's where the tree has been pollarded, ie it's where, year after year, young growth has been cut hard back. Try googling ""lime tree" pollarding" and looking at the resultant images.

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