Tree Facts

After reading ‘The Man Who Plants Trees’ and being rather overcome with a fascination for trees, I began some research into what they do for us…

  • Trees help our soil stay healthy by reducing soil erosion and creating perfect soil climates for micro-organisms to grow.
  • There are over 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world.
  • Healthy trees can increase property values by as much as 27 percent.
  • A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40.
  • A large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water from the ground and discharge it into the air every day.
  • A large tree can provide a days supply of oxygen for up to four people.
  • Trees are included in most religions.
  • Some coastal redwoods and over 360 feet tall.
  • Giant seguoia trees can weigh over 2000 tons.
  • Monkey trees can have trunks as wide as 200 feet.
  • Oaks can live to be over 500 years old.
  • Many giant sequoia are 2,500 years old.
  • Some bristlecone pines are thought to be over 5000 years old.
  • Trees grown in cities do not live as long as those planted in natural environments.
  • Organisms only trap (like a battery) 0.1% of the suns energies, trees are accountable for 50% of this.
  • 98% of a tree is made up of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur.
  • Trees do not grow beyond their ability to support themselves. During periods of stress they shed leaves, flowers, fruit and possibly branches.
  • Trees do not restore damaged areas, instead they section them off so they die completely, but stop the rest of the tree being infected.
  • A trees age can be determined by counting the number of rings in the centre of its trunk.
  • Outer bark is formed of dead tree cells, that protect the live ones inside. When a tree grows in diameter, the outer bark often splits.

Trees are truly mysterious organisms that I intend to research further.

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