It may have been a hurricane a century ago that forced the osage orange to its comfortable position. The climbing tree was made safe on Friday, last week.
Arboretum manager, Bill Astifan, Jim Ward of The John Ward Tree Co., and the arboretum horticulturists carefully inspected and discussed which limbs to remove. To return the prostrate tree to a safe position and once again, a living piece of playground equipment, a few larger limbs had to be sacrificed.
A tree that is already growing along the ground is hard to blow down, better luck next time Irene !