Interesting Tree Facts
Trees are exceptionally good for not just the environment but for wildlife as well. One of the most common trees is the English oak. This beauty can support close to 300 different species of insects. While most of us don’t appreciate insects, you have to keep in mind how many other animals thrive off of them for food.
In northern climates moss tends to appear on the northern end of trees. This means that you can use trees to find your way when you are lost. They are natural compasses. Furthermore, you can use tree stumps as well. The rings on the face of trunk are always wider, and thicker on the south side of the tree.
Trees defend themselves against insect infestations. When faced with a large number of threatening insects, trees will send phenolic throughout their system. The compound works its way up to the leaves of the tree because that is the main food of the predators. When insects bite into the leaves they are met with an extremely off putting taste and digestive process.
Some believe that the oldest living things on the earth are a group of trees called the “Pando Colony”. It exists in Utah and it is sometimes called the trembling giant. The colony of trees spans over 100 acres. Researchers have estimated the age of the trees to be over 80,000 years old.