Krumholtz?

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Krummholz or Krumholtz formation (German: krumm, "crooked, bent, twisted" and Holz, "wood")

Have many heard the term? I have not. I was discussing Bonsai with a Alpine guide buddy. He said it is snow industry term from german guides, they always like the Canadian Krumholtz. His translation was bent wood vegetation.

Maybe our resident Lederhosen wearing bonsai expert could shed some light? Walter is it a common term? Or mainly related to the snow study industry?
 

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'Krummholz' litearlly translated means bent wood. It is used IN AMERICA for trees that grow around the timberline. I have not heard anybody in Europe using the term, but we understand immediately. It may well be that early settlers form the German flatlands saw these trees for the first time and gave them their name. Folks form the mountins would be used to this stuff and would probably have given them another name.

See this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krummholz
This kind of tree very often is good bonsai material.
 
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