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We hope you enjoy these fascinating facts and interesting tidbits about why we should all express our aloha (love and appreciation) for trees more.
Trees are some of the greatest living beings on earth. It's true without trees, humans would not survive. Trees are the sole source of fresh air, oxygen and carbon dioxide for most other species on the planet, including of course animals and humans. With only about a third of the world’s forests remaining, it is high time to recognize how important trees really are. Our human story is interwoven with trees, and so at Livin' Aloha, we think we should all celebrate trees more.
If you love trees as much as we do, here are some interesting facts about them. This list of amazing facts about trees will leave you in awe and inspire you to spread more love for them from now on.
You know you’re in the presence of a tree when…
The presence of a tree is the most beautiful when you can hear the sound of wind rustling its leaves. The sound of wind blowing through tree leaves is a sign that the tree is healthy and growing. The sound of birds chirping around the tree is another great sign that you are in the presence of a tree. The tree is growing and providing a habitat for birds. A calm and steady presence of a tree is also a great sign. This means that the tree is strong and rooted to the ground. You can also make a rough estimate of how old a tree is by using its bark. If the bark is smooth, it is probably younger. If the bark is cracked and rough, it is an old tree. There are also many other signs that you are in the presence of a tree.
Here are some mind-blowing reasons why trees are so essential to life
- Trees produce oxygen and clean the air for us to breathe in. They also provide us with food, water and shelter. They also play a crucial role in regulating the earth’s climate.
- Trees are the best carbon sinks. They are great at absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This helps regulate the climate and prevent the earth from warming up.
- Trees are a great source of food and water. Many fruits and vegetables are grown in orchards and are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Trees are also the source of clean drinking water for many people around the world.
- Trees provide us with wood for building houses and furniture. They are also used for making paper and other products.
- Trees act as a natural barrier against river and ocean flooding. They are planted in places like coastal areas and floodplains to prevent damage from floods.
- Trees provide a habitat for many different animals. They are home to birds, reptiles and other creatures. They provide a food source for them and also shelter from extreme weather conditions.
- Trees also support a huge variety of insects. There are more different types of trees and plants on the planet than there are animals.
The world’s tallest tree is in New Zealand and it’s almost 90 meters high!
The world’s tallest tree is the kauri tree (also known as New Zealand pine) which grows in the northeast of New Zealand. It is almost 90 meters high! This is a truly amazing fact especially when you consider that a fully-grown adult can only be about 10 meters high. The tallest tree in North America is the coast redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens) that grows in the west coast of the U.S. It is about 83 meters high.
- The oldest tree in the world is a Bristlecone Pine tree in the White Mountains of California and is almost 5,000 years old. The oldest tree in the U.K. is a yew tree in the churchyard of St. Michael’s Church in Fortingall. It is about 5,000 years old.
- The largest tree in the world by volume is a tree called General Sherman (also known as Giant Sequoia) that grows in Sequoia National Park in California. The largest tree in the U.K. is a giant oak tree in Cheshire called Jacob’s Staff.
- There are many interesting facts about trees. Are you interested to know more?
There are 7 types of trees we should all know about.
- Deciduous Trees - Deciduous trees are those that lose their leaves during autumn. The leaves fall off the tree and collect on the ground as a way of protecting the tree from harsh weather conditions during the winter season. Deciduous trees include oak, birch, maple and cherry trees.
- Conifer Trees - Conifer trees are evergreen trees that keep their leaves all year round. These trees are also known as “softwood trees”. They include cedar, pine, spruce and fir trees.
- Palms Trees - Palm trees are types of tropical trees with leaves that look like palms. They are also known as “hardwood trees”. They include coconut, date and rubber trees.
- Tropical Trees - Tropical trees are those that are found in the tropics region of the world. They are also known as “hardwood trees”. They include coconut, date and rubber trees.
- Temperate Trees - Temperate trees grow in temperate climates and are also known as “softwood trees”. They include aspen, birch, oak and maple trees.
- Tropical and Temperate Mix - Tropical and Temperate Mix trees are a mix of Tropical and Temperate trees. They include palm and bamboo trees.
There is a type of tree that can grow back its own limbs!
Yes, you read that right. A rare type of tree called the Phoenix Palm can grow back its own broken and torn-off parts! This is a tree worth falling in love with. The Phoenix Palm is mainly found in tropical regions in the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It is a very hardy tree and one of the easiest palm trees to grow. The Phoenix Palm is an amazing tree that can sprout new limbs and leaves even if they are cut off or broken off by a storm. This is because the Phoenix Palm stores energy in its trunk to survive periods without water. The trunk is also very thick and fibrous which allows it to grow new parts very quickly. Visit your local park or garden to see this amazing tree in action!
Trees support the life of animals in their ecosystem.
Trees are the habitat for many insects and small animals. They provide food and shelter for them. They also provide food for birds, bats and other animals. Even for small insects like bees, trees provide flowers to feed on. Trees support the life of animals in their ecosystem. Birds like parrots, crows, woodpeckers and hummingbirds eat fruits from trees. Squirrels and monkeys eat nuts from trees. Trees are the habitat for many animals. Humans also use wood from trees for wood furniture, houses, toys, paper and other things. Trees support the life of animals in their ecosystem.
Trees act as a natural barrier against river and ocean flooding.
Trees grow along rivers and near oceans and seas. They help to reduce the speed of flowing water during floods. They are planted along the banks of rivers and at the edge of seashores to prevent water from flooding. If trees are planted in large numbers, they help to prevent floods. When there are fewer trees along the banks of a river or at the edge of the sea, the water flows faster and causes floods. Trees act as a natural barrier against river and ocean flooding.
Trees provide a habitat for many different animals.
Trees provide a habitat for many types of birds, insects and animals. They are a source of food for many animals. They also provide shade for a place to rest. Some animals build their homes in trees. Squirrels and birds build nests in trees. Other animals use trees as shelter from bad weather or their enemies. Trees provide a habitat for many different animals.
Trees are amazing. They provide us with oxygen, food, water and a place to live. They also provide a habitat for many animals. Trees are truly a blessing from nature. Trees are extremely important and we must express our love for them more. There are many ways to show your love for trees and protect them. You can plant a tree in your backyard, or attend a tree-planting event with your friends by signing up to be a volunteer with Livin' Aloha HERE.
Remember that every product you buy with Livin' Aloha will plant a native tree here in Hawai'i, so one of the easiest things for you to do is to get busy shopping and pick out an amazing product for yourself or as a gift -- doing so will spread aloha with the world, and also send aloha back into Hawai'i ecosystems by restoring Hawai'i forests.