Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Dripping tree trunk.

  1. Jun 18, 2004 #1
    Today as I was walking home, I came across a tree which had been recently cut down. The part where the cut was was totally wet as was alot of the trunk's bark and it was still dripping. Not only that, but there liquid was relatively sticky (flowed well enough, but when I touched it it certainly wasn't only water) and it appeared to pretty much be sap, with the sugar in it and everything.

    First of all, the liquid was coming from the xylum, which still had water pumping up it, right?

    Anyway, doesn't the xylum bring water and minerals up the tree, and the phloem bring water with sugar in it down the tree from the leaves? If I'm right, then had a ridiculous amount of sugar water just leaked from the phloem all over the tree as it was cut down, or was the water from the roots just really thick with white minerals?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 19, 2004 #2


    User Avatar

    How can you know it is sugar ? may i ask?
  4. Jun 19, 2004 #3
    I don't, but I've seen maple trees tapped for their sap, and I've seen/felt the sugary liquid that came out, and it looked and felt much like the fluid coming from this tree.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?

Similar Discussions: Dripping tree trunk.
  1. Water and trees (Replies: 1)

  2. About trees (Replies: 6)

  3. Tree of Life (Replies: 3)

  4. Artificial trees (Replies: 11)