Stumped About Trees? Here Are Some Fun Tree Facts to Make You Think!

Did you know that trees receive an estimated 90% of their nutrition from the atmosphere and only 10% from the soil? Similarly, there are hundreds of amusing facts about trees and plants. We at North American Tree Service in Loganville, GA have compiled a list of fun facts about trees. Here are some facts.

Trees Don’t Grow Old, They Are Killed

No tree dies of old age. They are generally killed by insects, disease or by people. California Bristlecone Pines and Giant Sequoias are regarded as the oldest trees and have been known to live 4,000 to 5,000 years.

Some Trees Also Communicate With Each Other

Some trees can communicate with each other. When willows are attacked by webworms and caterpillars, they emit a chemical that alerts nearby willows of the danger. The neighboring trees then respond by pumping more tannin into their leaves making it difficult for the insects to digest the leaves.

Some More Fun Facts

  • Trees grow from the top, not from the bottom as is commonly believed. A branch's location on a tree will only move up the trunk a few inches in 1,000 years.

  • The largest area of forest in the tropics remains the Amazon Basin, amounting to 81.5 million acres.

  • Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872. That state is now home to one of the world's largest forests planted by people - over 200,000 acres of trees.

  • Knocking on wood for good luck originated from primitive tree worship when rapping on trees was believed to summon protective spirits in the trees.

  • Trees can induce rainfall by cooling the land and transpiring water into the sky from their leaves. An acre of Maple Trees can put as much as 20,000 gallons of water into the air each day.

  • In one year, a single tree can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driving 26,000 miles.

  • One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

  • There are about 20,000 tree species in the world. The United States has one of the largest tree treasuries second only to India.

  • The Amazon Basin remains the largest area of forest in the tropics, amounting to 81.5 million acres.

  • Knocking on wood for good luck originated from primitive tree worship when rapping on trees was believed to summon protective spirits in the trees.

  • The most massive living thing on earth is the Giant Sequoia in the Redwood Forest of California. It stands nearly 30 stories tall and 82.3 feet in circumference. Its weight is estimated at 2,756 tons.

  • In Arnold, California, a tree still stands with a legible inscription carved into it in 1849 by pioneers blazing paths to California during the Gold Rush. The inscription reads "49 Road."

  • The Cottonwood Tree seed is the seed that stays in flight the longest. The tiny seed is surrounded by ultra-light, white fluff hairs that can carry it on the air for several days.

  • The world's oldest trees are 4,600 year old Bristlecone Pines in the USA.

  • Dendrochronology is the science of calculating a tree's age by its rings.

  • Tree rings provide precise information about environmental events, including volcanic eruptions.

  • Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine) becomes sexually mature around age 12.

  • Loblolly Pines in Georgia live an average of 120 years with few as old as 275. They have many enemies such as pine beetles and humans that lessen their lifespan.