in this graphic novel by the french wierdo Moebius, this tree is the killed patriarch’s spirit escaping to come around for another attack run. that’s basically what happens in edena. wierd fucking book.
excellent #TIS design tho. balloons are a very reasonable first step, even though they can only get you 10 mi up.
seeing as the most practical understood approaches would probably involve a lot of hydrogen and polymerized carbon, balloons are probably gonna be a solid design choice.