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Fun Facts - TREE AND PLANTS



  • Tree resin which has been fossilized is known as amber, it sometimes contains plant material or small animals that were trapped inside.

  • Some plants are carnivores, gaining nutrients by eating various small insects and spiders. A well known example of a carnivorous plant is the Venus Flytrap

  • Bamboo can be a fast growing plant, some types can grow almost a metre (3.28 feet) in just one day!

  • While using energy from sunlight, plants turn carbon dioxide into food in a process called photosynthesis

  • Around 2000 different types of plants are used by humans to make food

  • Onions might taste good but they can be painful to chop. A gas is released when you cut onions that irritates you eyes, the tears you produce while this happens are your body’s way of washing it from your eyes


  • In the agricultural industry, to ensure crops of food grow well water is often added to soil in the form of irrigation

  • Plant matter found at the bottom of areas with water such as swamps can eventually turn into coal due to a process called metamorphosis (changing form)

  • There are over 200,000 identified plant species and the list is growing all the time

  • Poison ivy produces a skin irritant called urushiol. Touching poison ivy will cause an allergic reaction, usually in the form of an itchy rash on the skin

  • Fertilizers are chemicals added to plants to help them grow. Important elements in fertilizers include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Manure (animal waste) is also used as a fertilizer

  • The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000.

  • The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.

  • The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.

  • Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution.

  • A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!

  • Water originating in our national forests provide drinking water for over 3400 communities, and approximately 60 million individuals.

  • One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.

  • Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.

  • An average American uses about 750 pounds of paper every year, and 95% of homes are built using wood. That means each person uses the equivalent of one 100 foot tall, 16 inch diameter, tree every year for their paper and wood product needs.

  • About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests.

  • According to the last forest inventory, there are almost 247 billion trees over 1 inch in diameter in the U.S.

  • The average tree in an urban/city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.

  • The tallest tree in the USA is a Coast Redwood growing in northern California's Redwood National Park. It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old!