The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter

The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter

Colin Tudge


There are redwoods in California that have been old by the point Columbus first landed, and pines nonetheless alive that germinated round the time people invented writing. There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers, and a banyan tree in Calcutta as giant as a soccer field.

From the tallest to the smallest, bushes encourage ask yourself in we all, and in The Tree, Colin Tudge travels round the world—throughout the us, the Costa Rican rain wooded area, Panama and Brazil, India, New Zealand, China, and such a lot of Europe—bringing to lifestyles tales and evidence concerning the bushes round us: how they get older, how they consume and reproduce, how they consult each other (and they do), and why they got here to exist within the first position. He considers the pitfalls of being tall; the issues that bushes produce, from nuts and rubber to wooden; or even the complex debt that we as people owe them.

Tudge takes us to the Amazon in flood, whilst the water is deep adequate to submerge the woodland completely and fish feed on fruit whereas river dolphins race throughout the cover. He explains the “memory” of a tree: how those who were shaken via wind develop thicker and sturdier, whereas these attacked by way of pests develop smaller leaves the next 12 months; and divulges the way it is that an identical timber present in the U.S. also are local to China (but no longer Europe).

From tiny saplings to centuries-old redwoods and wasteland arms, from the backyards of the yankee heartland to the rain forests of the Amazon and the bamboo forests, Colin Tudge takes the reader on a trip via background and illuminates our ever-present yet usually overlooked partners. a mix of historical past, technological know-how, philosophy, and environmentalism, The Tree is an interesting and chic examine the lifetime of the tree and what glossy examine tells us approximately their destiny.

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