The stunning mystery of crown shyness
Visually stunning: The crowns form a canopy with channel-like gaps similar to natural fractals.
A mystery: Crown shyness was first documented in scientific literature in the 1920s.
Competing theories: That's not to say that there aren't theories however.
Striking appearance: The organization and synchronization makes crown shyness such an awe-inspiring phenomenon.
Not all trees are shy: The effect usually occurs between trees of the same species.
Adaptive behavior theories: Australian forester M.R. Jacobs wrote in his 1955 book 'Growth Habits of the Eucalypts.
Adaptive behavior theories: In 1986, this theory was also supported by Dr Miguel Franco, who noticed that when the branches of Sitka spruce.
Reciprocal pruning: Many scientists supported the belief that physical contact between the branches, caused by strong winds.
They can put themselves out there with some help: Some experiments have shown that if you stop trees which display crown shyness from swaying.
There are many more theories: Other scientists have suggested that crown shyness is a way to stop leaf-eating insects from spreading.