What type of force moves water from roots to leaves?
Capillary action helps bring water up into the roots. But capillary action can only pull water up a small distance, after which it cannot overcome gravity. To get water up to all the branches and leaves, the forces of adhesion and cohesion go to work in the plant’s xylem to move water to the furthest leaf.
How does water move from roots to leaves?
Water moves from the roots to the leaves through tissue called the xylem, in a process called transpiration. As water evaporates out of the leaf, more water is ‘pulled upwards’ to replace what has been lost.