Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees

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    b7129997734has quoted4 years ago
    fairy tales of trees with human faces, trees that can talk, and sometimes walk.
    b5832205031has quoted3 years ago
    The trees don’t want to take anything away from each other, and so they develop sturdy branches only at the outer edges of their crowns, that is to say, only in the direction of “non-friends.”
    Ivanhas quoted3 years ago
    Life in the slow lane is clearly not always dull.
    b7129997734has quoted4 years ago
    fairy tales of trees with human faces, trees that can talk, and sometimes walk.
    b0544505716has quotedlast year
    The roots of forest trees don’t actually grow very deep

    Counterintuitively

    b0544505716has quotedlast year
    lovingly cared for and watered

    Spoiled,pampered

    b0544505716has quotedlast year
    Every fall, their roots are trimmed
    MMhas quoted3 years ago
    One of the oldest trees on Earth, a spruce in Sweden, is more than 9,500 years old
    Alice Khas quoted2 months ago
    but there are different levels of membership. For example, most stumps rot away into humus and disappear within a couple of hundred years (which is not very long for a tree). Only a few individuals are kept alive over the centuries, like the mossy “stones” I’ve just described. What’s the difference? Do tree societies have second-class citizens just like human societies? It seems they do, though the idea of “class” doesn’t quite fit. It is rather the degree of connection—or maybe even affection—that decides how helpful a tree’s colleagues will be
    Alice Khas quoted2 months ago
    would result in many large gaps in the tree canopy, which would make it easier for storms to get inside the forest and uproot more trees. The heat of summer would reach
    Alice Khas quoted2 months ago
    But why are trees such social beings? Why do they share food with their own species and sometimes even go so far as to nourish their competitors? The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working together. A tree is not a forest. On its own, a tree cannot establish a consistent local climate. It is at the mercy of wind and weather. But together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. And in this protected environment, trees can live to be very old.
    Alice Khas quoted2 months ago
    One of the oldest trees on Earth, a spruce in Sweden, is more than 9,500 years old
    timi sanchezhas quoted3 months ago
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    timi sanchezhas quoted3 months ago
    Trees can groW
    maytrinandahas quoted4 months ago
    They grow considerably more slowly, clearly
    maytrinandahas quoted4 months ago
    tree stockpiles water in winter.
    maytrinandahas quoted4 months ago
    Only the pine has the cheek to greedily redirect its crown toward the light. No wonder the pine is the conifer with the highest rate of breakage because of snow.
    maytrinandahas quoted4 months ago
    It is Nature herself that forces the trees to adopt such growth patterns.
    maytrinandahas quoted4 months ago
    Dr. Suzanne Simard, who helped discover maternal instincts in trees, describes mother trees as dominant trees widely linked to other trees in the forest through their fungal–root connections.
    maytrinandahas quoted4 months ago
    Scientists have determined that slow growth when the tree is young is 33
    a prerequisite if a tree is to live to a ripe old age.
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