Tree Facts

*  In 1965 the maple leaf was put onto the middle of Canada’s flag.  It wasn’t until 1996 that the maple tree was officially recognized as Canada’s national tree.

*  All states in the United States use one tree species as their own.  The state tree of Oregon is the Douglas-fir while that of Washington is the western hemlock.

*  The tree seed that often stays in flight the longest is that of the cottonwood tree.  A tiny seed is surrounded by ultra-light white fluff hairs that carry it on the air from anywhere between a minute and a couple of days.

*  Western redcedars were very important to the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.  Every part of the tree was used.  Some examples of the uses include tree’s soft trunk carved into canoe, and roots and small branches woven as baskets.

*  Trees are one of the few organisms that continue growing for many years at pretty much the same rate its whole life.  They grow to be the largest of all the plants!  The twigs or smallest branches of a tree are mostly where buds (undeveloped leaves or flowers of a tree or other plant) grow and may turn into new branches.

*  As mentioned before, not all hardwood trees are deciduous.  One of the exceptions is an oak called a live oak.  It is called that for a good reason - during winter while most other hardwoods are dead looking, the live oak looks, well, alive.

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