Facts You Didn’t Know About

Trees It’s no secret that trees provide the Earth with oxygen and so much more, but how much do you really know about trees? Take a look at these quick facts the Mr. Tree and Lawn Service team found about trees that you may find surprising.

DID YOU KNOW: Trees grow faster with age.

According to the University of Melbourne, because trees grow faster the older they get, their capacity for photosynthesis and carbon sequestration increases as they age.

DID YOU KNOW: Trees are masters at self-defense and communication.

Scientists have found that when attacked by insects, trees can flood their leaves with chemicals called phenolics. These noxious compounds are distasteful to tree pests and can even impede their growth. Methods of communication include releasing chemicals into the wind and possibly even sending chemical or electric signals through the mycorrhizal network of roots.

DID YOU KNOW: Trees can serve as a navigation tool

You’re never lost when there are trees around. In northern temperate climates, moss will grow on the northern side of the tree trunk, where it is shadier.

DID YOU KNOW: Trees save energy and money.

Trees can have an impact on the energy used for heating and cooling a building, reducing air conditioning costs by as much as 30 percent and saving 20 to 50 percent of energy for heating. This is because as well as providing shade, a large tree can also transpire as much as 378.5 liters (100 gallons) of water into the air per day. This has a cooling effect roughly equivalent to 10 single room-sized air conditioning units operating 20 hours a day.
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