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Closeup of SCP-956

Item #: SCP-956

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-956 is contained in Site ██, and no effort to move it should be attempted. Should the Site require consideration for sterilization due to breach of other SCP contained on-site, destruction of SCP-956 is not considered a disqualifying factor.

SCP-956 is to be contained in an enclosure no bigger than ██' by ██' by ██'. SCP-956 currently sits atop ██ feet of [REDACTED] brand growing soil.

Samples of the soil are to be tested for PH-levels and any abnormalities every ██ weeks. The chamber itself is to be maintained at a temperature of ██ degrees centigrade and changed to [DATA EXPUNGED] to simulate seasonal patterns.

Samples of the soil, and samples of SCP-956 itself are to be taken using robotic extractors only, no personnel are permitted to enter SCP-956's chamber without O5-level clearance. No personnel are ever allowed to enter SCP-956's enclosure alone, save for D-Class Personnel approved for the purpose of [DATA EXPUNGED]

Description: SCP-956 resembles a common cherry tree upon video imaging. However, testing has shown that this appearance will change depending on who is looking at it. Though it will always resemble a cherry tree, the exact colors and pattern of its boughs will change according to what the viewer finds aesthetically pleasing, and studies show that SCP-956 rarely appears as the same color to different viewers, and never the same pattern. Colors reported by test subjects range from red, to blue, to orange, to [DATA EXPUNGED]

It is only in the presence of humans does SCP-956's true nature become apparent. Whenever a human looks at SCP-956 directly, SCP-956 will react. It is not yet known how SCP-956 knows when someone is looking at it, and testing has been inconclusive. However, upon being viewed with anything but a previous recording, SCP-956 will begin to move, as if gently swaying in the winds. Given the nature of this enclosure, no wind has ever been recorded in SCP-956's chamber. It is theorized that SCP-956 achieves this locomotion via [DATA EXPUNGED]

When a subject gazes at SCP-956 for too long, they will invariably become euphoric and reports of drowsiness, weakness, and blurred vision are common. The subject will make an effort to move closer to SCP-956. Subjects recorded as stating:

1. That the red blossoms on SCP-956 are "lovely."
2. That the aroma given off by SCP-956 as "enticing."
3. That the grass beneath it's boughs looks "comfortable."
4. That the swaying of SCP-956's boughs are "inviting."
5. That the subjects are "Just going to rest for a bit."

Once the subject lies beneath the boughs of SCP-956, they all invariably fall asleep. Once this happens, the tree will perform a shaking movement, known to researchers as a "shrug." Once again, the method of this locomotion is not known, but it is theorized that [DATA EXPUNGED]. The shrugging process serves to release thousands of pollen particles to rain down on the sleeping victim. The sleeping victim inhales these particles, which are known to be a powerful paralytic agent. This paralysis affects the lungs and arrests circulatory function. The victim then asphyxiates and perishes.

Once the victim is dead, SCP-956 will undergo a rapid acceleration of root growth. These new roots tunnel upward and into the corpse of the deceased victims. Then, through a process similar to the feeding habits of common spiders, the roots inject the corpse with an enzyme composition designed to break down organic tissue including bone and cartilage. Once this organic tissue is reduced to a slurry, this mixture is then transported back to the main body of the tree.

Once the corpse is fully consumed, roots protruding the surface will quickly wither and die. It is theorized that the roots cannot survive being exposed to high concentrations of oxygen. Testing resulted in determining [DATA EXPUNGED].

Despite the varied color when viewing SCP-956, it is determined that the tree does not have chlorophyll, and the red pigment on its leaves and blossoms is in fact human blood.
Testing on the bark of SCP-956 resulted in a composition closer to that of a human scab than any tree bark.

Given the nature of SCP-956's varied appearance, it is theorized that its varied pattern is set to subliminally invite its victims to lay beneath it's boughs. Requesting for testing with blind or otherwise sight-impaired subjects pending O5 approval.

Experiments with SCP-956 have been discontinued until a way to combat its influence is found. See Addendum 956-1.

Addendum 956-1: By order of O5-█, no further testing on SCP-956's abilities are authorized. O5-█ is on record stating, "No more experiments until you [EXPLETIVE REDACTED] find a way to stop it from doing…whatever it does. We lose enough D-class personnel just keeping it fed."

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