The Hidden life of trees


Format: Dead Trees

Source: Public Library

Rating: 4.25

Have you ever read an account of someone describing a close friend or loved one? Wohlleben describes trees in pure poetic beauty.  He also describes the science of trees in a way that almost everyone can understand.  As a German forester, he spends his days with trees, and it shows.  He is able to give detailed accounts of the social lives of trees.  He talks of how to spot a healthy tree, and how easily it is to spot an unhealthy one as well. Wohlleben talks of maternal trees and how when a tree falls the children look to shoot up to take their place.  Something else that I learn was that as trees soak up carbon they do not release it.  It stays in the tree until it the wood is decomposed or burned and then it is sent back out into the environment.

This was one of those books I picked up as a random read, but within the first few pages I was hooked.  Random things I learned from this book was a mature beech can take in more than 130 gallons of water a day if plenty of water is available.  Trees grow slowly when the forest is thick.  Trees shed their leaves so they can hibernate.  The leaves help hold moisture in the ground.  Trees will not begin to bloom until there is 13 hours of sunlight a day.

Overall a highly enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys nature and wants a new set of lenses to observe it.  This book may not fulfill the needs of a botanist or someone looking for a scientifically heavy dissertation on trees.



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