The Hala Tree, as pictured above, has modified roots. The Hala tree’s roots, which will form the underground root system of the tree, begin descending from the trunk of the main tree and its branches. The roots elongate vertically from the trunk and branches to form the root system within the soil. The nutrients obtained through the soil allows for the aerial roots to undergo secondary growth, becoming thicker in girth and stronger. The aerial roots form a support system for the branches, earning them the name “columnar roots”.