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''Yakekomu'' refers to a trunk that is dying toward the root from the wound mark after a thick branch is cut out or runs dry due to trouble. Such a phenomenon sometimes hits ''shohaku'' evergreen pines. But it is seen mainly in ''zoki'' deciduous trees, such as ''zakuro'' (Pomegranate) and ''satsuki'' (Macrantum Azalea). If a trunk falls into such a situation, it would serve a fatal blow to the tree itself. So, growers need to carefully select the place of a branch to be cut. It is better to cut a thick tree that is followed by a lower branch, in order to prevent the ''yakekomu'' phenomenon from hitting the tree. The lower branch is called ''yakedome-no-eda.''

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