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.
Not only are trees and other plants interconnected, but trees will trade food between one another; a sick tree will transfer its energy stores to other healthy trees including trees of other species along with distress signals that may help other trees prepare themselves for trouble.
The liqueur Curaçao is made from orange trees brought to the Caribbean from Spain in 1527. The trees failed to thrive and were abandoned. The fruit evolved from sweet orange into bitter green. Experimentation with dried peels of the fruit later led to the creation of the liqueur Curaçao.
In 2013, Melbourne, Australia assigned it’s trees individual email address with the idea that if citizens had any concerns they could make reports. The plan backfired due to people sending love letters to their favorite trees.
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.