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I don’t know what kind of tree this is, but I don’t think it grew this way naturally.


Great Dismal Swamp along Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Honeysuckle, Common Honeysuckle or Woodbine
Lonicera periclymenum Lonicera periclymenum - Wikipedia

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 4 years ago

Great pleasure, it was fun to figure out.

Melissa Biehl
Melissa Biehl 4 years ago

Thank you, that’s very interesting!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 4 years ago

Hi Melissa Biehl, I did some looking and i came up with a type of Strangler Vine (maybe Honeysuckle). Still looking for scientific name. Its a thin vine that wraps around the tree trunk and over time the trunk distorts and heals over the vine strangling it. The result is the corkscrew shape with no apparent cause. From the second picture it looks like some thin vines and hanging green foliage are visible. Hope this helps!! http://cabinetofcuriosities-greenfingers...

Melissa Biehl
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Melissa Biehl

Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jan 6, 2019
Submitted on Jan 10, 2019

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