Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Leaves are the "Money Makers" for the tree. They make "money" (glucose) to spend on wound closing, seed production, flowers, fruit, leaf drop and budding out and to deal with stresses and more. Each branch is self supporting. If the leaves on the branch don't produce enough "money" the tree compartmentalizes the limb and it dies. If the limb over produces, the "money" is stored in one of the tree's banks - the root system. One of the 4 functions of the root system is storage. So keep the leaves on the tree. Except when the tree is dormant ( sleeping ).