Good guesses over the weekend on what caused the twisty looking trunk structure in Friday’s puzzle. Here’s a larger photo:
Nancy and Paul both got this one – it’s two trunks fused together. I have no idea whether the production nursery grew two saplings together on purpose or accidentally, but here’s one reason that this tree might be a problem down the road:
This area is ripe for disease, as water will collect in the crotch. In fact, the area is already discolored and could be diseased already.
One thing I hadn’t noticed when I took the top picture were the price tags on the nearby pots. They say it all – W(hy) O(h) W(hy).
Needless to say, I hope, is that you wouldn’t want to buy this plant.