Apropos of nothing but interesting…
– Trees have uses we’ve never known about; To name a few from the list: swings, lacquer, boat caulking, tambourines, sausage casings, and hockey sticks!
– World’s oldest living tree discovered in California in 2009. It’s a Jurupa oak, it’s 13,000 years old, and it has renewed itself to help it survive periods of drought, frost, storms and high winds! (Ed. – the “oldest” tree comment is all in how it’s worded. So this may not be the oldest tree in the world).
– Here’s another good article, “The Oldest Trees on the Planet”
General Sherman, Calif.
– The world’s largest single stem, non-clonal tree, by volume, is the General Sherman tree, a giant Sequoia, with a volume of 52,500 cubic feet located in California. General Sherman is 275 feet tall.
– The world’s largest single-stem tree ever was the Lindsey Creek tree, California Redwood. This tree’s volume was at least 90,000 cubic feet. It fell over in a storm in 1905. ( Ed. – there are other good facts on this UN site, like the most dangerous tree and the slowest growing tree)
– Here’s a treehouse that sold for $7 million in 2006.
– NASA estimated that there are 400,246,300,201 (over 400 billion) trees on the planet. That’s 61 trees for every living person.