I pass this tree when we go for our walk. At first glance it looks like a beautiful, flourishing tree, but appearances can be deceiving. In this case they are. It’s a live oak tree, yet not one oak leave is visible. It has been overtaken by an aggressive vine.
Almost imperceptibly, the vine began growing at the base of the tree. Left unchecked, it extended long tendrils that twisted their way up the trunk. They wrapped their way upward and reached out to envelope the branches. Gradually and inexorably it grew upward, covering every branch and blanketing the entire tree with its own leaves – choking the life out of the poor tree.