Tree Facts Are Fun!
I love fun facts about anything. You never know when they will come in handy at a party to break the ice, on a first date trying to impress, playing trivia on a cruise ship or just in everyday conversation. One of my favorite things about working at Fannin Tree Farm, other than the trees, is Mikey. Every day he has a new fact about trees to share, and believe you me, they have come in handy from time to time. I’m pretty sure my children and husband are over my fun tree fact finds but I wanted to share with our Fannin Fans some of my favorite tree facts.
- There are 12 times more trees on earth than stars in the milky way.
- An average size tree can provide enough wood to make 170,100 pencils!
- The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply.
- Cricket bats are made out of a tree called Willow, and baseball bats are made out of wood from a Hickory tree.
- Oak trees don’t produce acorns until they are 50 years old!
- Every Year in Washington DC The National Christmas Tree is put up and the walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree features 56 state and territory trees decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree.
- Trees drink about 2,000 liters of water each year.
- Pine trees are the only species in the whole world that spread seeds in cones, and those cones also have genders.
- A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
- Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
- The different parts of a tree grow at various times throughout the year. Typically, most of the foliage growth happens in the spring, followed by trunk growth in the summer and root growth in the fall and winter.
- Adding one tree to an open pasture can increase its bird biodiversity from almost zero species to as high as 80.
- The world’s tallest living uncut decorated Christmas tree is a Douglas Fir. It is approximately 160 foot tall, lighted with over 50,000 LED lights and is located in Blue River, Oregon USA.
- Strategically planting trees and shrubs can save you up to 25 percent on your energy bills. Not only do they provide shade in the summer, but serve as a windbreak in the winter, too.
- The Texas State Tree is the Pecan Tree
- Our National Tree is the Oak Tree in the United States
- There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
- Possibly the most colorful bark found on any tree in the world can be found in Hawaii, and it is referred to as the Rainbow Eucalyptus. Originating in the Philippines, the Mindanao gum tree in its natural habitat can grow up to 6 ft wide and over 250 ft tall. Outside of it, the tree only grows up to 125 ft.
Largest Tree in the US
General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the state of California. It stands 275 feet tall and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain broad high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet in diameter.