A single, lone cycad tree, the dominant tree during the dinosaur era, was discovered in Africa in 1895. They have yet to find a mate to pollinate it.
Using data from Toronto, researchers found having more trees on your block has health benefits akin to $10,000 raise or being seven years younger.
Tree roots from different trees can physically fuse together; “like connecting [the] blood vessels of two different people. One tree gives the other tree a permanent transfusion.”
The “Tree That Owns Itself” is a white oak tree in Athens, GA, that is widely assumed to legally own itself and the eight feet of land surrounding it. According to newspapers, a deed written by Colonel William Jackson was written to the tree, giving ownership of the land to itself in the 1800s.
A 400-year-old bonsai tree survived the nuclear blast of Hiroshima in 1945. Later, the tree was presented to the USA as a gift and still flourishes in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The history of the tree remained hidden till 2001.
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.
The Gingko Biloba species of tree is 270 million years old. It rarely suffers disease or insect attack and was one of the only living things to survive the Hiroshima nuclear bombing. The trees healed quickly and are still alive today.
A researcher accidentally killed one of the oldest trees ever (nicknamed “Prometheus”) in 1964. He got a tree corer stuck. A park ranger helped him to cut the tree down and remove the tool. Eventually, when he counted the tree rings, he realized that the felled tree was almost 5,000 years old.
Scientists created a completely enclosed, artificial environment called Biosphere 2 and made one mistake that caused all the trees to fall down before maturation: there was no wind so trees failed to develop stress wood, which is necessary for them to stand.