50 Interesting and Gripping Facts about Trees

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Trees actually sleep at night, relaxing their branches after dawn and perking them up before sunrise.

27. Bonsai trees have to be planted off center because the center symbolizes where heaven and earth meet and therefore should be left unoccupied.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

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31Sarah Barnes

Sarah Barnes

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.”

32. There is a species of palm tree (Windmill Palm) that can survive as far north as Canada.

33. You can grow a Bonsai Orange Tree that will actually fruit miniature oranges.

34. 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.

35. The Baobab tree is hollow and provides a life for animals and humans in parched lands.

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36Old Man of the Lake

Old Man of the Lake

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.

37. After the holidays, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is milled into lumber and donated to Habitat For Humanity to be used for building homes.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

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41Olive tree

Olive tree

One olive tree can produce around four liters of oil every year for hundreds of years.

42. 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.

43. The Sandbox Tree, also known as the Dynamite Tree, is covered in spikes, full of poison, and grows exploding fruits.

44. 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.

45. The peanut butter tree is a tropical tree that smells like peanut butter and produces fruit that tastes like it as well.

46Moringa tree

Moringa tree

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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.


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