Branches from a 3000 year old, still living, Greek olive tree were used to weave victors’ wreaths for the winners of the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Trees in forests have an underground communication and interaction system driven by fungal networks. “Mother trees” pass on information for best growth patterns and can divert nutrients to trees in need, and they are more likely to pass them on to trees of their own species.
The city of Melbourne gave email addresses to trees so locals could report problems, but they received thousands of love letters instead.
Some trees exhibit a phenomenon called “crown shyness” which prevents their branches and leaves from touching one another, forming a canopy with channel like gaps.
For the last 10+ years, 2 disabled men in China, one without arms and the other without sight, have been planting trees together and have so far planted more than 10,000.
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci made an interesting observation about trees. He concluded that the total thickness of a tree’s branches is equal to the total thickness of the tree trunk. Trees across many species obey this rule. Explanations involve hydrological and structural theories.
Ecosia search engine turns the revenue into lush greenery. The company uses its income from the ads to plant trees all over the world. On average, it takes around 45 searches to plant a tree.
Trees in the red forest, a forest in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, are not decaying because organisms that recycle organic matter suffer from radiation as well.
Trees are able to communicate with each other through an underground network known as the ‘wood-wide web’. This system allows trees to loan sugar to neighboring trees, send warning signals about injury or disease, nurture their own offspring, and donate resources to conserve the forest.
Trees actually sleep at night, relaxing their branches after dawn and perking them up before sunrise.