The very tip of a tree, which determines how it will grow. Also known as a meristem.
Candle Term Timeline in A Sand County Almanac
The timeline below shows where the term Candle appears in A Sand County Almanac. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part I: December
...in the life of a pine. Its year begins in May, when the bud or “candle” at the tip of the tree begins to grow. Leopold sees the pines as bankers... (full context)
...pine have been eaten, Leopold can tell how hungry deer have been. Similarly, when the “candle” at the top of a pine begins to die, disrupting the tree’s normal growing pattern,... (full context)