Tree Tapping and Bleeding Terminology
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
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
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