Sunday, August 12, 2018

Amazing facts about trees

Amazing facts about trees

Amazing facts about trees


It's hard to overstate the importance of trees. Their debut more than 300 million years ago was a turning point for Earth, helping transform its surface into a bustling utopia for land animals. Trees have fed, housed and otherwise nurtured countless creatures over time including our own arboreal ancestors. Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite amazing facts about trees , hope you enjoy it !!!

Amazing facts about trees, tree facts

1) Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth, and never die of old age.

2) Pine trees are the only species in the whole world that spreads seeds in cones, and those cones also have genders.

3) Before trees, Earth was home to fungi that grew 26 feet tall. From about 420 million to 370 million years ago, a mysterious genus of creatures named Prototaxites grew large trunks up to 3 feet (1 meter) wide and 26 feet (8 meters) in height. Scientists have long debated whether these were some kind of weird ancient trees, but a 2007 study concluded they were fungi, not plants.

4) “Moon trees” were grown from seeds taken to the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in early 1971. NASA and USFS wanted to see if being in space or the moon’s orbit caused the seeds to grow differently.

5) A large oak tree can consume about 100 gallons of water per day, and a giant sequoia can drink up to 500 gallons daily.

6) Strategically planting trees and shrubs can save you up to 25 percent on your energy bills. Not only do they provide shade in the summer, but serve as a windbreak in the winter, too.

Amazing facts about trees

7) Trees may look passive and helpless, but they're savvier than they seem. Not only can they produce chemicals to combat leaf-eating insects, for instance, but some also send airborne chemical signals to each other, apparently warning nearby trees to prepare for an insect attack. Research has shown that a wide range of trees and other plants become more resistant to insects after receiving these signals.

8) A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.

9) Like most plants, trees have symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungi that live on their roots. The fungi help trees absorb more water and nutrients from the soil, and trees repay the favor by sharing sugars from photosynthesis.

10) The different parts of a tree grow at different times throughout the year. Typically, most of the foliage growth happens in the spring, followed by trunk growth in the summer and root growth in the fall and winter.

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