Can You Identify An Indian Marker Tree? Here is a Potential Candidate.

Can You Identify An Indian Marker Tree? Here is a Potential Candidate.

This possible Indian Marker Tree was sent to me by Hugh McCoy from Burnet, Texas. Indian Marker Trees are trees that were tied down when young by Native Americans to mark good camping sites and watering holes. The trees have an odd look, as they grow sideways. They are all over Texas and North America, although most are unidentified. If you have wondered about why a tree has grown sideways for no good reason, you may have seen one. According to Damon Waitt, Head Botanist at the Wildflower Center in Austin, the roots supply a clue. Trees with roots exposed are probably not Indian Marker Trees. Exposed roots possibly indicate that the tree was knocked sideways in a storm and continued to grow. If you see one with its roots hidden and the tree extends sideways, contact me–lets go take a look.