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10 Freaky Things You Won’t Believe Trees Can Actually Do by freshpreshy: 2:53pm On Feb 27, 2015
Trees tend to be ignored because they don’t do much—until you look closer. Then, they just get weird.
10. They Explode
Poison sitsin nearly every part of the leaves, bark, and pumpkin-shaped seeds. The entire 30-meter (100 ft) trunk deters tree huggers with its closely packed thorns. And the seeds explode with such force that people and animals can easily get injured. While this is a good way for the tree to spread its seeds up to 40 meters (130 ft) away, the ejection speed is what makes it so lethal.
9. They Employ Bodyguards
It’s kind of obvious that a tree is a lump of trunk that cannot shoo away any animals interested in a nibble. While it cannot help itself, this doesn’t mean that trees are now on the free menu. They are known for hiring bodyguards, and nothing keeps a hungry herbivore away like an ant up the nose.
8. Suicide
A newly discovered palm tree must kill itself in order to procreate. These trees spend so much energy in order to attract pollinators that they have no sustenance left, and they die soon after bearing fruit.
7. They Touch Immortality
Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on the planet. Left in optimal conditions, there seems to be no limit on how old they’ll become.
6. Make Their Own Fertilizer
Researchers have discovered a new ability in trees that have been chopped down. Somehow, the remaining stump draws nitrogen from the air and fertilizes the area around itself with this powerful nutrient for plants. Tropical forest trees are apparently quite good at this. After being logged, they also capture carbonfrom the atmosphere which allows them a better chance at recovery.
5. Amputate Limbs
Trees cannot heal a physical wound like a human does. In order to remain healthy and alive, a tree needs to be energy-efficient, and recovery is just an unaffordable drain on resources. Instead of applying a Band-Aid and mustering up some healing, the plant blocks off all life to the injured part, effectively abandoning it. The benefits of this are twofold. Not only does this shut the door solidly in the face of nasties that could further infect the entire tree, but it can now spend its valuable energy on new growth somewhere else.
4. They Have Audio
French scientists have recorded a sound trees make when they undergo drought stress. They don’t ask for a cup of tea in a parched voice—oh, no—trees get weird. They bubble. But by the time they’re bloop-blooping somewhere in the ultrasonic range, a dangerous process is already occurring that can prove fatal to the unlucky bubbler.
3. Molecular Memory
During a study of genetically identical popular trees, researchers found that the specimens responded to their present environment based on what individuals had gone through in the past, pointing to some sort of memory at a molecular level. Researchers took stem cuttings from poplars and, apart from the fact that the cuttings came from two different nurseries, everything else about the experiment that followed was identical. The genes of the cuttings, species, and environment in which they were raised were all the same to allow researchers to notice any difference in reaction. And they got it.
2. Language Of Leaves
Perhaps “leaves” is the wrong word here. Trees do not use sign language with their foliage to greet each other in the morning—that would just freak everybody out. Communication between trees happens subtly and below ground. Suzanne Simard, a forest ecologist, has made the unprecedented discovery that forest trees communicate and share resources with each other via their roots. With the help of symbiotic fungi, trees can actually feed seedlings with the nutrients the youngsters need to survive.
1. Arson
Wryly nicknamed “gasoline trees,” the popular eucalyptus treeis almost designed to prepare the groundwork for a devastating bush fire. Their broad ribbons of dry, peeling bark create tinder all over the place, made even more dangerous by the extremely flammable oil it produces.
This combination is what makes this tree the firefighter’s archenemy because it can turn a manageable ground fire into an uncontrollable firestorm in minutes.

Re: 10 Freaky Things You Won’t Believe Trees Can Actually Do by Dyt(f): 3:00pm On Feb 27, 2015
They don't reincarnate?
Make love?
Have numerous gfs?
cheesy cheesy
Re: 10 Freaky Things You Won’t Believe Trees Can Actually Do by nickusoro(m): 3:10pm On Feb 27, 2015
Interesting... but I still need to confirm from the trees themselves.
Off to the woods!!

Re: 10 Freaky Things You Won’t Believe Trees Can Actually Do by Allureoftheseas(m): 3:26pm On Feb 27, 2015
Re: 10 Freaky Things You Won’t Believe Trees Can Actually Do by Beamborla(f): 3:42pm On Feb 27, 2015
So trees ma dey follow do amebo... cheesy
Later, you guys should start insulting we ladies that we gossip. If trees can, why can't we?
Re: 10 Freaky Things You Won’t Believe Trees Can Actually Do by Emmyk(m): 12:50am On Feb 28, 2015

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