August 05, 2014

Fun Facts About Climbing Trees

  • The world’s oldest known living tree is a scraggly-looking, 13-foot-tall spruce in Sweden. It sprouted during the last Ice Age, about 9,550 years ago.

  • There are approximately 20,000 types of trees and roughly 1,000 of these grow in the United States.

  • Stretching up 379 feet, the world’s tallest tree is a California redwood named “Hyperion.” It was only discovered in 2006.

  • Coast redwood trees take 400 to 500 years to reach maturity.

  • Volunteers and staff at Muir Woods National Monument and Redwood Creek Nursery have planted roughly 20,000 plants along Redwood Creek since 2003.

  • In 2014, a violent storm off the Welsh coast stripped away sand to reveal the remnants of a 6,000-year-old forest.

  • Resembling a large cactus the unusual Boojum tree is native to Baja, California, and gets its name from Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Hunting of the Snark.”

  • There are approximately 240 species of magnolia trees and shrubs native to North and South America, East Asia, and the Himalayas.

  • The motion by which arboreal animals swing from branch to branch is known as “brachiation.”

  • Weighing one ounce, the pygmy mouse lemur is the world’s smallest primate.

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