In this closer view of an Australian eucalyptus tree you can see dark black branches that have died even though the tree is still healthy. These hardy trees can cut off the supply of water to certain branches in times of drought, allowing the main body of the tree to remain alive. These sacrificed branches can fall off without warning, hence the nickname “Widow Maker”. Knowing about the eucalyptus’s tendency to drop branches might be handy if you are wandering in the outback.
I would never have guessed! 🙂
Hi Pam, I never knew this nickname and the reason for the black branches. Thank you!
I know, Jane…the things you find out! 🙂
Why is it handy to know? In case I have suicidal tendencies? 🤔 😋
I guess it would also be handy to know if you don’t have suicidal tendencies. But now you’ve got me thinking of titles like “murder by eucalyptus” 🙂
I like it 👏