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Tree Facts for Kids

  • Common Name: Tree
  • Plant Type: Woody Perennial Plant
  • Description: Plant with an elongated stem, branches, and leaves.
  • Total Species: ~73,300
  • Habitat: Terrestrial Regions with Soil and Water
  • Distribution: Worldwide
  • First Appeared: ~380 Million Years Ago

27 Tree Facts For Kids

  1. Tree is the common name for a large and diverse group of perennial plants.
  2. There is no specific taxonomic group for trees and the name is applied to a wide variety of plant species.
  3. According to fossil evidence the first plant species to be considered trees first appeared around 380 million years ago.
  4. A tree has four main parts, roots, truck, branches, and leaves.
  5. The roots of a tree are found underground, helping to obtain nutrients and water from the soil.
  6. The trunk of a tree is attached to the roots and rises from the surface, helping to transport nutrients and support branches.
  7. The branches of a tree extend outward from the truck in all directions, helping to expose leaves to as much sunlight as possible.
  8. The leaves of a tree grow out from the end of branches, helping to create energy using the photosynthesis process.
  9. There are around 64,100 living plant species that are classified as trees.
  10. The average lifespan of a tree varies by species, some only reach a few feet, while others can reach hundreds of feet.
  11. The largest living tree species is the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) with an average height between 164 and 279 feet.
  12. The average lifespan of a tree varies by species, some live for decades, while others can live for thousands of years.
  13. The longest living tree species is the Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) with a lifespan exceeding 4,800 years.
  14. There are an estimated 3.04 trillion trees worldwide according to a study published in the journal Nature in 2015.
  15. The country with the most trees is Russia with an estimated 642 billion trees.
  16. Over the last 12,000 years, humans have cut down more than 46% of the trees found worldwide.
  17. Trees are harvested worldwide for their lumber to build things like houses, furniture, and flooring.
  18. The wood harvested from trees is also used a fuel for cooking and warmth.
  19. Trees are also cultivated (grown) for food, such as fruit, nuts, and syrup.
  20. The apple tree apple tree (Malus domestica) is cultivated for apples.
  21. The almond tree (Prunus amygdalus) is cultivated for almond nuts.
  22. The sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) is cultivated for maple syrup.
  23. Trees are also used for ornamental purposes in gardens and public places.
  24. A few popular ornamental trees are the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), and the white dogwood (Cornus florida).
  25. Trees are prone to pests and diseases, which can eradicate entire populations in a region.
  26. The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is estimated to have caused more than $650 billion in damages in the United States and has potentially destroyed more than 30% of urban tree population.
  27. Armillaria root rot, caused by fungus in the Armillaria genus, can kill trees very quickly.

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Tree Pictures

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A tree during the summer months

A picture of a tree during the summer.

A tree during the fall months

A picture of a tree during the fall.

A tree during the winter months

A picture of a tree during the winter.

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