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Trees with all branches growing upright are generally not as strong as those with horizontal oriented branches. Upright branches appear to break easier when loaded from the top in wind, ice, and snow storms. Upright branches, especially when they originate from low on the trunk as pictured on the right, often grow very long. They are also more prone to forming bark inclusions in the union.

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