You just don't know until you look. I spied this ERC a few months back on the roadside and have just been driving by it. It looked like the typical scalped tree-- one inch trunk with a ball of foliage on top. I stopped for a closer look. It kept getting bigger and bigger the closer I got. I reached around the base........hmmmm ..... about 2 1/2" in diameter with branches down to ground level! It was literally growing partly under the edge of the blacktop...... the reason for so few roots. I planted it in my grow bed where it will hopefully recuperate for a year or two.