Why Pine Trees are the Best Trees
At this time of the year, we see a lot of our good friends, pine trees. But, pine trees are hiding a thing or two from most of us. As Pachamama Alliance’s holiday gift to you, we’ll share 8 things you likely didn’t know about Pine Trees!
1. Pine Trees Can Rise Like a Phoenix
In the Dalarna Province of Sweden resides the world’s oldest living tree – a Norway Spruce. Well…sort of…
The Norway Spruce is a traditional Christmas tree in Europe that lives about 600 years and it’s only about 13 feet tall. But, this particular tree is connected to a root system that has existed for 9,550 years! When a Norway Spruce dies, the root system places a fresh seedling where the tree was. This new tree seamlessly takes the old trees place – sprouting up again like a phoenix from ashes. It should also be noted that Bristlecone pine trees can live an uninterrupted 4,800 years.
2. They’re One of a Kind
Pine Trees are the only species of trees in the world that spreads seeds in cones.
3. Decorating Trees is a Recent Tradition
For many centuries, the Church strongly opposed the usage of Christmas trees for holiday celebration. The decorations of homes with a pine tree trees did not catch on with the general populace until the mid eighteen hundreds – the tradition brought to the United States over a century prior by German immigrants.
In the King James edition of the bible, the Prophet Jeremiah states…
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”
4. They’re Global Citizens
Pine trees grow in 6 of the 7 continents on Earth. That only excludes Antarctica!
5. Pine Trees Grow the Tallest and Oldest
Not only is a type of pine tree the oldest living tree on Earth, but the pine tree family also holds the honor of playing host to the world’s tallest tree! This towering tree is located in the Redwood National Forest in Humboldt County, in California. And this special tree has a special name – Hyperion. Hyperion is a redwood sequoia, standing at an astonishing 379.1 feet, thus clenching the honor of being the tallest living tree in the world!
6. Pine Cones have Genders
Female and male cones both grow on pine trees. Male cones shed pollen and female cones make seeds. Wind blows pollen into the female cones, pollinating the seeds.
7. Pine Nuts Can Fly
Pine nuts are edible pine seeds. Small pine nuts posses a wing that allows them to easily sail and glide through the wind when they are dispersed. The large oily pine nuts that people routinely eat are from the Pinyon Pine tree.
8. They Survive Through Fire and Flames
Certain pines, including lodgepole, Monterey, Pond, knobcone, and bishop have fire cones. Fire cones are encased in wax. In the event of a fire, fire cones drop to the ground. The heat produced by the flames melts the wax, causing the cone to open up and release its seeds. This process takes several weeks. Ultimately, it results in a scorched area being gradually repopulated, as the seas begin to sprout, bringing forth new life.
The holiday seasons are a time to show appreciation for those we love. And, as an extension of this wonderful sentiment, it can be a time to show appreciation for all the beautiful living things in this world, including pine trees!
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