Interesting tree facts

Trees are wonderful carbon stores and live for a 100 years

It’s hard not to overstate the importance of trees in our lives, they are interesting characters on this planet that we share with them.  There is no end of interesting tree facts about them.  They debuted on the planet about 300 million years ago and from day one, they helped shaped this planet in a myriad of ways, helping to transform the surface of the planet.

Trees really are our friends, they are so much more than just a part of the natural landscape on planet Earth.  They give us shelter, they provide food, they absorb CO2 and produce the air that we breathe.  Some trees have been around nearly 5000 years.  A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of CO2per year, it can sequester about 1 ton of CCO2 by the time it reaches 40 years old.

There are about 3 trillion trees on the planet’s surface in all sorts of guises to out in the jungle, to in the city center. Strangely enough, that’s about 45% fewer trees than there was 12,000 years ago.  There are over 60,000 different species of trees around the planet.  Most tree roots lie in the first 18 inches of soil, where growing conditions can be best for them.  What they lack in dept, they make up for in lateral growth, an Oak tree, for instance, the root system for a mature tree, can be hundreds of miles in length.

  • Trees can help balance the eco-system, enhance bio-diversity and provide homes for wildlife and endangered species
  • Many trees coppice (grow back after cutting) and can, therefore, produce many times the benefits of being managed correctly
  • Trees produce fruit and valuable medicines
  • Trees can live for over 1000 yrs and are self-sustainable
  • For every 50 trees planted in deforested areas, 150 are likely to grow back
  • Through transpiration, a mature tree can pump 100 gallons of water from the ground and expel it into the air as Oxygen and water vapour
  • Hospital patients are said to recover faster when they have a room that looks out onto trees
  • A family of four can get all the oxygen they need for a whole year from just one average mature tree


Each person on average produces about 10 tons of carbon dioxide every year, which amounts to 10 trees!  Trees can help cool the earth by approximately 5F by shading the ground around them and, evaporating moisture from their leaves.