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Roots growing from root flare

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roots growing from flare

Typically, 6 to 10 roots grow from the base of the trunk. These enlarge to become the main roots on the tree. Depending on the particular species or cultivar, these may rise up from the soil because roots often increase in diameter on the top more than on the bottom. Never cut or damage these roots because they are largely responsible for the stability of the tree, i.e. they hold the tree upright.