Coconut Tree Lean
Why do Coconut trees always seem to lean towards the sea?
It's not so much leaning towards the sea, the tree is leaning in the
direction of the prevailing winds.
This is not unique to coconut trees, but one needs several "ingredients"
to make the effect clearly
visible. They are: 1. preferably a tall tree with a narrow flexible trunk to
withstand occasional high winds (storms). Short "stubby" trees tend to
recover to their wind-less shape. Trees whose trunk is large compared to its
height tend not to "give" to the prevailing winds, just because of the
mechanics. 2. A climate/location where there is a prevailing unobstructed
wind direction and proper growth conditions for the coconut tree (Pacific
There may be other factors but these are some of the major reasons.
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Update: June 2012