6 Amazing Facts About Trees

Amazing Fact Number 1

The world’s largest living thing is a tree known as General Sherman measuring a whopping 52508 cubic feet. General Sherman Sequoia tree in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California. It was named after General William Tecumseh Sherman who fought in the American Civil War. General Sherman is the largest volume tree in the world but it is not the tallest. The Hyperion Tree, also a sequoia, in Northern California is currently considered the tallest tree in the world.

Amazing Fact Number Two

The tree underneath which Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment to become the Buddha was a Sacred Fig tree or Ficus Religious. The Sacred Fig growing at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya is purported to be a direct descendant of Buddha’s original tree. It was planted in 288BC. The Bodhi Tree and Mahabodhi Temple are now major Buddhist pilgrimage sites.


Amazing fact Number 3

You can grow a Bonsai Orange Tree that will emit a light citrus fragrance and grow edible miniature oranges.

Amazing Fact Number 4

Abraham Lincoln once said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe”. This quote refers to the value of paying great attention to planning your actions rather than foolhardily rushing in.

Amazing Fact Number 5

Over 500 years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci identified the possible explanation for trees’ resilience to the elements. He attributed this strength to a mathematical relationship known as Da Vinci’s Rule of Trees. This states that the sum of the cross sectional area of tree branches above a branching part is equal to the cross section of the trunk or branch immediately below the branching part. This has been field tested and mathematically modelled by scientists who have demonstrated Da Vinci’s rule to be largely true.

Amazing Fact Number 6

The oldest living tree is the Great Basin Bistlecone Pine (Pinus Longaeva) located on the White Mountains of California. It is thought to be 5,066 years old. How do we know? Tree age is commonly estimated by tree coring or radiocarbon dating. Tree trunks are made of growth rings that accumulate yearly. When trees are cored, their these are counted giving the tree an estimated minimum age as the wood at the centre of the tree core has often rotted away. So the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine may be older than 5,066 years old.