An Ode To Trees
An ode to trees • Our tall green friends are more than just part of our natural landscape—They provide shelter and food for wildlife, they absorb carbon dioxide and produce breathable air. In short, they are beyond incredible and here’s why! 🌳🌿🍃1. Tree rings can predict climate change—A tree’s rings don’t only reveal its age, they can also indicate the occurrence of natural disasters such as a volcanic eruption or a drought. In the years of good growth, characterised by a healthy supply of resources, the ring is thick. It is thin when resources are scarce in the ecosystem.
2. Trees help each other to ward off predators—Trees look out for each other in nature! For instance, some tree species can release airborne chemical signals to each other to warn them about incoming threats like insects. Their closest neighbours then produce tannins, which make their leaves taste bitter to approaching predators.
3. Trees have only been around for the last 10% of earth’s entire history—The earth may be a staggering 4.5 billion years old – but even early forms of plants only sprang up as recently as 470 million years ago. Larger plants followed about 420 million years ago, but it took tens of millions more years for trees taller than 3 feet high to evolve.
4. Trees release chemicals that can make us happier—It’s been proven that just looking at trees can make us feel happier, less stressed and more creative. That’s partly because they release chemicals called phytoncides. Research has shown that when we breathe them in, it can have amazing effects, reducing blood pressure and lowering anxiety levels.
5. More than half of all tree species exist in only one country—There are 60,000 tree species in the world and many are threatened with extinction. Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia have the highest totals for native tree species.