Crown shyness: Nature’s way of social distancing

There are certain tree species in the forest that resist touching each other as they grow, a natural phenomenon known as crown shyness.

There is more than one theory why the social distancing amongst the trees occurs.

Scientists suggest that the gaps in the treetops are intended to increase light reception for the leaves. Preventing overlapping canopies also reduces the spread of disease and wards off leaf-eating harmful insects.

The collaborative effort to avoid touching the foliage of its neighbor ensures the safety and survival of all nearby trees. Talk about respecting one’s personal space!

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