How do I love the tree? Let me count the ways; you change carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, you sequester carbon, and you provide shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this article, all we’ll focus on is how amazing some of them look.
Granted, not all of these amazing beautiful trees are trees (the Wisteria is a vine, Rhododendrons are shrubs, and bamboo technically belongs to the grass family), but we’ll give them a pass because they are amazing, huge and beautiful. So once you step outside and take a breath of fresh air, hug the nearest tree and say thank you!
First of all we need to think about ourselves. People’s carbon footprint is steadily rising and there is no way to counter this especially with the decline in forest areas in the world. Help us help you to reduce this footprint by planting a life bearing tree.
Every person on average need a tree covered area of 25m X 25m to produce enough oxygen to breath. I know that this is not the only way that oxygen is produced on the planet but would it not be nice to know that you have a direct way to contribute to this need. Another advantage that the trees will give you is the absorption of pollutants and contaminants out of the air.
This means a cleaner environment that will result in a health benefit. Trees also protect the environment against soil erosion, siltation and flooding. Soil erosion causes us to lose valuable agricultural soil to our dams and the sea. Siltation is when soil ends up in our Rivers and dams. This has an impact on flow rate of the river making it more easy to flood as well as reduce the capacity of the dams. As water moves quicker over terrain devoid of vegetation rivers tend to flood easier and more severely. So planting trees reduces the flow and therefore the thread of flooding.
Score of animals live in trees and the habitat that they provide. A single tree is good, clumps are better and forest is king. I think we all understand this point. The beauty of trees cannot be debated. Between buildings as well as on their own trees can improve the look of the world around us. It is important to protect trees for our children. If you know of an amazing tree not on this list, you can submit it at the bottom of this post.
This huge 125-year-oldold rhododendron is technically not a tree – most are considered to be shrubs. (Image credits: reddit)
Wind-Swept Trees In New Zealand
These trees on Slope Point, the southern tip of New Zealand, grow at an angle because they’re constantly buffeted by extreme antarctic winds. (Image credits: Seabird Nz)
Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon
Antarctic Beech Draped In Hanging Moss In Oregon
The antarctic beech is native to Chile and Argentina, though this specimen is from the U.S.’ North Pacific region. (Image credits: Drew Hopper)
Blooming Cherry Trees in Bonn, Germany
This beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms blooms in Bonn, Germany in April. (Image credits: Adas Meliauskas)
Angel Oak In John’s Island In South Carolina
The Angel Oak in South Carolina stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and is estimated to be more than 1400 or 1500 years old. (Image credits: Daniela Duncan)
Flamboyant Tree, Brazil
The flamboyant tree is endemic to Madagascar, but it grows in tropical areas around the world. (Image credits: Salete T Silva)
Dragonblood Trees, Yemen
The dragonblood tree earned its fearsome name due to its crimson red sap, which is used as a dye and was used as a violin varnish, an alchemical ignredient, and a folk remedy for various ailments. (Image credits: Csilla Zelko)
The President, Third-Largest Giant Sequoia Tree In The World, California
President, located in Sequoia National Park in California, stands 241 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m). It is the third largest giant sequoia in the world (second if you count its branches in addition to its trunk). (Image credits: Michael Nichols)
Maple Tree Tunnel in Oregon
Image credits: Ian Sane
Rainbow Eucalyptus In Kauai, Hawaii
Image credits: jwilsonnorton The rainbow eucalyptus, which grows throughout the South Pacific, is both useful and beautiful. It is prized for both the colorful patches left by its shedding bark and for its pulpwood, which is used to make paper. (Image credits: Christopher Martin)
Jacarandas in Cullinan, South Africa
These beautiful Jacarandas, with their violet flowers, grow in South Africa. (Image credits: Elizabeth Kendall)
Avenue Of Oaks At Dixie Plantation In South Carolina
This avenue of oak trees was planted some time in the 1790s on Dixie Plantation in South Carolina. (Image credits: Lee Sosby)
Baobab Trees In Madagascar
These baobabs in Madagascar are excellent at storing water in their thick trunks to use during droughts. (Image credits: confitalsurf)