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Name: Patricia
Status: other
Location: CO
Country: USA
Date: Summer 2010

What is the difference between "tapping" a tree and "bleeding" a tree? I have done some research on this, but the question is nagging me and I would like to get your expert opinion.


Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
Harvard University Herbaria c/o
Missouri Botanical Garden


I don't believe many people distinguish between bleeding a tree and tapping a tree. But for those who wish to be precise I found this distinction on the Internet:

Tapping a tree:

Bleeding a tree:
If you have a bleeding tree, then your tree has likely started suffering from some sort of ailment. A bleeding tree will have sap dripping out of it and the sap may run out over the sides of the tree and down the trunk.


Apparently, both bleeding and tapping have the same result of removing the sap of the tree. Tapping a tree is a deliberate process whereas a bleeding tree is a tree that is oozing sap without human assistance. Tapping a tree is removing sap from a tree to make a product like rubber or maple syrup is done to produce a product while keeping the tree alive, whereas a bleeding tree is a dying tree. But I don't think this distinction is widely known or agreed to.

Sincere regards,

Mike Stewart

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