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Tree branches are generally supplied with nutrients from roots that share the same side of the trunk as they do; it’s common when a tree has root damage for the branches in the tree’s canopy corresponding to those roots to wilt or die off (some trees are an exception, so a root injury may show itself anywhere in the tree’s canopy).

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September 22, 2022

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Tree branches are generally supplied with nutrients from roots that share the same side of the trunk as they do; it’s common when a tree has root damage for the branches in the tree’s canopy corresponding to those roots to wilt or die off (some trees are an exception, so a root injury may show itself anywhere in the tree’s canopy).

 
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