Love a Tree Day
May 16th is Love a Tree Day, a day to appreciate all the gifts that trees give. As trees grow, they help remove carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
- The rings in a cut tree reveal its age and also show signs of environmental changes, like a volcanic eruption or severe drought.
- Earth has more than 60,000 known tree species.
- A tree named Hyperion was discovered in 2006, is 379.7 feet tall making it the tallest in the world.
- The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine has been deemed the oldest tree in existence, reaching an age of over 5,000 years old.
- Trees help improve our water quality as they slow and filter rainfall.
- Trees live longer than any other organism on earth.
- Some trees to “talk” to each other. Willows emit certain chemicals when they’re attacked by webworms. Other willows then appear to produce more tannin, making their leaves harder for the pests to digest. Some have even been shown to attract predators and parasites that kill the insects, essentially letting an embattled tree call for backup. Apple trees under attack by caterpillars release chemicals that attract caterpillar-eating birds.
- Trees didn’t exist for the first 90 percent of Earth’s history.
Do you have a favorite tree? If so, tell us below!