10 Incredibly Interesting Facts About Trees

September 6th, 2017  |  Published in Tree Pruning & Removal

At Keane Landscaping, we love trees and everything about them. We believe they are an integral part of any beautiful landscape. In fact, we love trees so much; we want to share with you some of our favorite facts about them.


1. Of all the living organisms on Earth, trees live the longest. Some of the oldest living trees are over 4,000 years old – like Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree in the White Mountains of California. The Forest Service keeps the location of this tree a secret for its protection from curious tourists and ne’er-do-wells.


2. Trees are capable of self-defense and communicating with one another. When attacked by insects, trees flood their leaves with chemicals that are distasteful to pests and can even impede their growth. Trees can let their neighbors know to start up defenses before they are attacked, by releasing chemicals into the wind and maybe by sending signals through their root systems.


3. Older, bigger, and more established trees share resources with younger trees. Young trees have a much better chance of survival when located nearby larger trees.


4. When strategically planted around your home, trees can save you up to 25% on energy bills. They provide shade in the summer, and serve as windbreaks in the winter.


5. Trees can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. By the time they are 40 years old, they may have removed up to 1 ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


6. Trees improve water quality by filtering rainwater, and their root systems help protect aquifers and watersheds.


7. Different parts of a tree grow during different seasons. Typical patterns go something like this: foliage growth occurs in the spring, trunk growth occurs during the summer, and root growth during the fall and winter. However, not all trees follow this pattern.


8. Tree roots often extend up to three times the width of the tree.


9. Large trees can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and release it into the air every day. Throughout this process, trees lower the temperature of the air around them.


10. Trees live on every continent of the Earth, except Antarctica. They have proven to be just as capable as humans at adapting to even the most extreme locations on the planet.


Do you love trees just as much as we do? Contact Keane Landscaping today to learn about our tree care services.


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