cactus as a tree?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Mar 11 16:53:29 UTC 2012

At 3/11/2012 12:06 PM, Eric Nielsen wrote:
>In fact, in my neck of the woods, Sassafras (*Sassafras albidum)* can often
>occur as a bush and a tree--even within a few feet of each other. I seem to
>remember coming upon the phrase "may occur as a tree in southern regions"
>(or some such) when reading plant descriptions many years ago. I think it
>may be a similar case with mulberries: sometimes they are a bush; sometimes
>a tree. A search of "mulberry bush" in Google Images will give some

Sumac is another -- "Sumacs are
<>shrubs and
small <>trees
that can reach a height of 1–10 metres (3.3–33
ft)."  [Wikipedia]  Ditto for Google Images.

Apparently someone (a higher authority?) can fool Mother Nature.


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