Instructive Facts About Trees
The Giant Redwood Tree is so tall that in order to get water near the top of the tree, it uses "air roots" to collect water out of the fog.
Severing the limb of a Bloodwood tree triggers the same type of response you'd see if you severed a human limb. The damage causes the release of a deep crimson sap that looks alarmingly like human blood. Its sole purpose is to coagulate and seal wounds, but has many other medical uses as well.
Trees can tell if deer are trying to eat them. Due to their ability to detect deer saliva, trees defend themselves by producing excess acids that cause their buds to taste bitter so that the deer will lose interest and leave them alone.
In 2012, the 5th oldest tree in the world was destroyed when a 26- year-old model named Sarah Barnes started fire to see better while smoking meth inside its hollow trunk. She was turned in by her friends when she showed them pictures of the fire and telling them “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus.”
A 5064-year-old pine tree in California is the oldest known individual living tree in the world. Its exact location is kept secret. It was alive while Stonehenge was under construction and around the time that humans first developed writing system.
There is a species of palm tree (Windmill Palm) that can survive as far north as Canada.
In 1964, dendrochronologist Donald Currey got his tree corer stuck in a bristlecone pine and retrieved it by cutting it down. After counting its rings, he realized he had killed the oldest recorded tree in the world.
You can grow a Bonsai Orange Tree that will actually fruit miniature oranges.
A Norway Spruce in Sweden named Old Tjikko is approximately 9550 years old. However, it is not the oldest individual living tree because it has regenerated new trunks, branches and roots over millennia rather than being an individual tree of great age.
An ancient sequoia tree that has been alive for most of humanity's modern history was cut down in 1891 so that slabs of its trunk could be displayed in museums.
350 million years ago, when the newly evolved trees were just 1 foot in height, the landscape was dominated by giant 20-foot tall mushrooms.
The Baobab tree is hollow and provides a life for animals and humans in parched lands.
Older bigger trees share nutrients with smaller trees, which later repay them back when they have developed.
There is a 30-foot tree trunk known as the "Old Man of the Lake" that has been floating vertically in Oregon's Crater Lake for nearly 120 years. In 1938, they tracked the tree trunk's movement and discovered that it had traveled a total distance of over 60 miles in just under 3 months.
A formation of larch trees in the shape of a swastika was discovered in Germany in 1992. The formation, only visible in the fall, went unnoticed for 60 years. After that discovery, other forest swastikas were found in Germany and beyond.
After the holidays, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is milled into lumber and donated to Habitat For Humanity to be used for building homes.
Pine trees scatter their needles across the forest floor to make it easier for fires to burn all of the other trees. Pine is fire resistant so it survives.
Paulownia is also known as the "princess tree" because it was once customary to plant a Paulownia tree when a baby girl was born, and then to make it into a dresser as a wedding present when she married.
During Hiroshima, the Gingko trees that were growing 1 to 2 km from the explosion of the atomic bomb survived the blast and quickly became healthy again. Those trees were some of the few living things that survived and are still alive today.
Albino redwood trees cannot produce chlorophyll. However, they can still survive because they fuse their roots with the roots of other redwood trees and live as parasites.
The biggest cashew tree in the world covers an area of about 80,000 square feet and produces over 60,000 fruits each year. The tree gets its size from two genetic issues, which allow branches to grow outwards instead of upwards, taking new roots when touching the ground.
Yew trees can live to more than 1000 years, are often found in graveyards, and have long been associated with death. They're deadly poisonous to humans, with no known antidote. However, the tree is used to make taxanes, which are used to fight cancer.
When trees started evolving and growing throughout the world, wood was not biodegradable until a fungus figured out how to rot them 40 million years later.
One of the most dangerous trees in the world is the manchineel tree found in Florida and the Caribbean. Its sap is so poisonous and acidic that merest contact with human skin causes a breakout of blisters, and blindness can occur if it touches a person's eyes.
The Rainbow Eucalyptus trees in Hawaii have natural rainbow-colored bark.
Mangrove trees thrive in saltwater. They filter out about 99% of the salt with their roots and are literally desalination plants.
One olive tree can produce around four liters of oil every year for hundreds of years.
To stop the theft of trees in public parks near Christmas time, some cities spray would-be Christmas trees with fox urine. It freezes and is odorless outdoors, but would be unbearable and irremovable if taken into someone's home.
The ant tree is also known as a “novice tree” because only someone unfamiliar with the tree would dare touch it and will soon discover that the ants that live inside it are aggressive and venomous.
The wood of tabebuia trees is more dense than water and naturally shares the same fire resistance rating as industrial steel.
Artificial Christmas trees were invented by a British toilet brush company in the 1930s. The company used the same machinery and bristles to make the trees as they used to make their toilet brushes.
The Sandbox Tree, also known as the Dynamite Tree, is covered in spikes, full of poison, and grows exploding fruits.
Olive trees are resistant to disease, droughts, and even fire. In fact some olive groves can be several thousand years old.
Columbia University has developed an artificial tree that passively soaks up carbon dioxide from the air using “leaves” that are 1,000 times more efficient than true leaves that use photosynthesis.
Trees actually sleep at night, relaxing their branches after dawn and perking them up before sunrise.
The peanut butter tree is a tropical tree that smells like peanut butter and produces fruit that tastes like it as well.
Scientists have successfully genetically engineered American chestnut trees to resist the blight that annihilated them, bringing back a species from functional extinction.
Moringa tree leaves contain all of the essential amino acids, more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, more Vitamin A than carrots, and their seeds have been shown to purify water.
Bonsai trees have to be planted off center because the center symbolizes where heaven and earth meet and therefore should be left unoccupied.
The original Bramley apple tree planted in 1809, from which all Bramley apple trees are cloned, is still alive, but dying from a fungal infection.
There is a palm tree and pine tree planted next to each other at the midpoint of California. The palm tree signifies the entrance to Southern California, while the pine tree signifies the entrance to Northern California.
About 4 billion American chestnut trees once blanketed the east coast of USA, spreading in dense canopies from Maine to Mississippi and Florida. They all disappeared by the 1950s due to an invasive species of fungus that has made them extinct.
There was a solitary tree in the Sahara Desert, keeping itself alive by a 110-feet deep root system, until a drunk driver managed to ram his truck into it.
For at least several hundred years, people have been practicing the art of grow trees and their roots into bridges, chairs, “people trees”, ladders, fences, jungle gyms, tunnels, etc. It’s known as “Tree Shaping.” Theoretically, it can even be used to grow homes.
There is a tree called the Tree of Life in Bahrain which is approximately 400 years old, living in the desert with no other vegetation in the surrounding area.
An average tree is made up of 99% dead cells, only around 1% is alive at any time, consisting of the leaves, root tips, and phloem a thin layer of under bark that acts as a food delivery system.
A poisonous tree and its antidote often grow so close together that their roots intertwine. The Chemchem tree excretes a poisonous black sap that raises a blistering rash on the skin while its counterpart, the Chaka tree, offers chemical compounds that can counteract the rash.
There exist a mysterious fruit-bearing species of tree named Stern's medlar in Arkansas that was discovered by science in 1990. It is only the second of its kind, with its closest relative being in Europe. It exists only in a 22-acre area. There are only 25 trees left of its kind and no one knows where it came from.
There is a bizarre forest in Poland named Crooked Forest where pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks, which are most likely caused by some form of human intervention. Nobody actually knows for sure how it was done and what the motive behind it was.