Facts about trees

Facts about trees

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I bet there’s a good deal about trees, wood, and forests which you did not know. Here are some definitions and explanations that I think you’ll discover interesting… outlined of course.


Forests cover about 9.4% of the planet’s surface, which works out to 30 percent of the planet’s land surface. This may sound like a lot, but it wasn’t long ago that forests covered 50 percent of the Earth’s surface.


Hardwoods have more complex structures than softwoods. The most significant feature that separates hardwoods from softwoods is that the presence of vessels or pores. Vessels come in many different shapes, sizes, and performance plates.


Pulpwood refers to timber that’s grown specifically for producing wood pulp for paper production. There is currently a major demand for pulpwood as a source of green energy.


A sapling is a small tree, usually between two and four inches in diameter and at breast height.


A seedling is a young plant developing out of a plant embryo from a seed. Its development begins with germination of the seed. They consist of three parts- the origin, the shoot, and the leaves.


Shrubs can be distinguished from trees thanks to their short height and multiple stems. Plants like lavender, periwinkle, and thyme are even smaller than usual and frequently called subshrubs. When shrubs are cultivated in one area, it’s known as shrubbery.


Softwood is the name given to describe the wood that comes out of conifers, or to describe actual trees, the majority of which are evergreens, as well as bald cypresses and larches.


Timber (or lumber) refers to wood in any stages between felling through to readiness for use as wood pulp for paper, or structural material for building. It’s important that wood is cut and stored properly otherwise it can become faulty. Examples of wood defects include: fungi, insects, natural forces, seasoning, and conversion.


Ever seen a palace and discovered how amazing their grounds were? It was like the trees and shrubs grew in these unnatural shapes right? They kind of did. Sometimes these shapes are geometric and sometimes they are fanciful.

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