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Does rings on a branch show the age of the branch or tree?

Question

I told my Grandson that you can tell the age of a tree by counting the number of rings. He asked if you cut off a branch, would it show how old the tree or branch is?
Susan, Stepney

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: James O’Brien    
Qualification: Has previously climbed a tree
Answer: It’s obviously how old the branch is. The rings are caused by the growth of the tree each year, so cutting off a branch will only show the age of that particular branch.

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