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Many Red Maples [pic 1] and pine trees [pic2] in this area have more than one trunk per tree. Like a scar on your body, multiple trunks are an indication of previous trauma in the life of a tree. Multiple trunking can be caused by anything that kills or damages the main stem of the tree: logging, fire, deer browsing, insects, and disease. Multiple-trunked trees are common in formerly logged areas and in post-agricultural forests, such as the South Hill Natural Area.