Category: trees

The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is

379.4 feet

tall. That is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty minus the foundation. The exact location of Hyperion has never been disclosed in order to protect it from curious tourists who might try to climb it or otherwise damage it.

Photo : Michael Nichols/National Geographic Creative

An explorer once found a compound, calanolide A, in certain trees in the Malaysian rainforest. Researchers found out that it has anti-HIV properties, but they couldn’t find another sample for nine years as almost all the trees of that species had been cut down for firewood and building material.

In Japan, doctors would prescribe “Forest therapy” to treat depression and anxiety. The scent of the trees increases activity of the natural killer cells that enhances your immune system which boosts resistance against stress.

There are more trees in North America than there were 100 years ago.

An Italian company has come up with organic burial pods that are biodegradable. It will convert the dead into nutrients for the trees. So instead of a graveyard, there will be a sacred forest.

American environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill lived in a 1500 year old California Redwood tree for 738 days to prevent it being cut down by the Pacific Lumber Company. The Simpson’s episode “Lisa the Tree Hugger” was inspired by Hill’s story.

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.

Sharks are older than trees. source

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Six Ginkgo trees survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima without deformities. All six are still alive today. source

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Israel is one of only two countries that entered the 21st century with a net gain in the number of trees. source

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