A 5064-year-old pine tree in California is the oldest known individual living tree in the world. Its exact location is kept secret. It was alive while Stonehenge was under construction and around the time that humans first developed writing system.
2. 350 million years ago, when the newly evolved trees were just 1 foot in height, the landscape was dominated by giant 20-foot tall mushrooms.
3. Yew trees can live to more than 1000 years, are often found in graveyards, and have long been associated with death. They're deadly poisonous to humans, with no known antidote. However, the tree is used to make taxanes, which are used to fight cancer.
4. Artificial Christmas trees were invented by a British toilet brush company in the 1930s. The company used the same machinery and bristles to make the trees as they used to make their toilet brushes.
5. A Norway Spruce in Sweden named Old Tjikko is approximately 9550 years old. However, it is not the oldest individual living tree because it has regenerated new trunks, branches and roots over millennia rather than being an individual tree of great age.
Olive trees are resistant to disease, droughts, and even fire. In fact some olive groves can be several thousand years old.
7. Mangrove trees thrive in saltwater. They filter out about 99% of the salt with their roots and are literally desalination plants.
8. Scientists have successfully genetically engineered American chestnut trees to resist the blight that annihilated them, bringing back a species from functional extinction.
9. For at least several hundred years, people have been practicing the art of grow trees and their roots into bridges, chairs, “people trees”, ladders, fences, jungle gyms, tunnels, etc. It’s known as “Tree Shaping.” Theoretically, it can even be used to grow homes.
10. There is a palm tree and pine tree planted next to each other at the midpoint of California. The palm tree signifies the entrance to Southern California, while the pine tree signifies the entrance to Northern California.
A poisonous tree and its antidote often grow so close together that their roots intertwine. The Chemchem tree excretes a poisonous black sap that raises a blistering rash on the skin while its counterpart, the Chaka tree, offers chemical compounds that can counteract the rash.
12. A formation of larch trees in the shape of a swastika was discovered in Germany in 1992. The formation, only visible in the fall, went unnoticed for 60 years. After that discovery, other forest swastikas were found in Germany and beyond.
13. Albino redwood trees cannot produce chlorophyll. However, they can still survive because they fuse their roots with the roots of other redwood trees and live as parasites.
14. About 4 billion American chestnut trees once blanketed the east coast of USA, spreading in dense canopies from Maine to Mississippi and Florida. They all disappeared by the 1950s due to an invasive species of fungus that has made them extinct.
15. During Hiroshima, the Gingko trees that were growing 1 to 2 km from the explosion of the atomic bomb survived the blast and quickly became healthy again. Those trees were some of the few living things that survived and are still alive today.
16Biggest cashew tree
The biggest cashew tree in the world covers an area of about 80,000 square feet and produces over 60,000 fruits each year. The tree gets its size from two genetic issues, which allow branches to grow outwards instead of upwards, taking new roots when touching the ground.
17. An average tree is made up of 99% dead cells, only around 1% is alive at any time, consisting of the leaves, root tips, and phloem a thin layer of under bark that acts as a food delivery system.
18. You can grow a Bonsai Orange Tree that will actually fruit miniature oranges.
19. There is a bizarre forest in Poland named Crooked Forest where pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks, which are most likely caused by some form of human intervention. Nobody actually knows for sure how it was done and what the motive behind it was.
20. In 1964, dendrochronologist Donald Currey got his tree corer stuck in a bristlecone pine and retrieved it by cutting it down. After counting its rings, he realized he had killed the oldest recorded tree in the world.
In 2012, the 5th oldest tree in the world was destroyed when a 26- year-old model named Sarah Barnes started fire to see better while smoking meth inside its hollow trunk. She was turned in by her friends when she showed them pictures of the fire and telling them “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus.”
22. There is a 30-foot tree trunk known as the "Old Man of the Lake" that has been floating vertically in Oregon's Crater Lake for nearly 120 years. In 1938, they tracked the tree trunk's movement and discovered that it had traveled a total distance of over 60 miles in just under 3 months.
23. Bonsai trees have to be planted off center because the center symbolizes where heaven and earth meet and therefore should be left unoccupied.
24. An ancient sequoia tree that has been alive for most of humanity's modern history was cut down in 1891 so that slabs of its trunk could be displayed in museums.
25. One of the most dangerous trees in the world is the manchineel tree found in Florida and the Caribbean. Its sap is so poisonous and acidic that merest contact with human skin causes a breakout of blisters, and blindness can occur if it touches a person's eyes.