CHAP. 54.—THE BRANCHES OF TREES.
Some of the branches are barren, and do not germinate; this
takes place either from a natural deficiency of strength, or else
some injury received in consequence of having been cut, and
the cicatrix impeding the natural functions. The same that the
branch is in the trees that spread out, is the eye1
in the vine,
and the joint in the reed. All trees are naturally the thickest
in the parts that are nearest the ground. The fir, the larch, the
palm, the cypress, and the elm, and, indeed, every tree that
has but a single trunk, develope themselves in their remarkable height. Among the branchy trees the cherry is sometimes2
found to yield a beam forty cubits in length by two in
thickness throughout. Some trees divide into branches from
the very ground, as in the apple-tree, for example.