In my fantasy world, trees inhabit the magic that flows through all life. This magic contains the energy of both earth (roots) and air (branches), foregrounding the balance that is needed in both people and animals.
The magic flows from the trunk, up into the branches and into the atmosphere, where it passes through all life (and humans can utilise this energy to their advantage), and back into the roots for use again--it's like a cycle.
If someone were to cut down these trees, what would happen to the magic flowing through it? Does it disperse into the atmosphere, would magic still flow through it? The tree no longer has the balance of earth and air, since the branches are non-existent. So would the tree just die and become unusable? Or would it possess qualities which ensures it grows back its branches rapidly after?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!