Fast Facts: Trees

Trees are more than just part of our natural landscape. They provide shelter and food for wildlife, absorb carbon dioxide and produce breathable air, and add to the beauty of the world. Here are some fascinating facts about one of the longest living organism on the planet:

• Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

• Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%

• Pine trees grow on six of seven continents, with Antarctica being the only one left out

• A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree. A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000.

• The "knock on wood" tradition comes from a time when primitive pagans used to tap or knock on trees to summon the protective spirits that resided in them

• The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars. Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution.

• A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four.

• Water originating in our national forests provide drinking water for over 3400 communities, and approximately 60 million individuals.

• One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.


• Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.

• An average American uses about 750 pounds of paper every year, and 95% of homes are built using wood. That means each person uses the equivalent of one 100 foot tall, 16 inch diameter, tree every year for their paper and wood product needs.

• About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests.

• According to the last forest inventory, there are almost 247 billion trees over 1 inch in diameter in the U.S.

• The average tree in an urban/city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.

• The tallest tree in the country is a Coast Redwood growing in northern California’s Redwood National Park. It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old!

Keep your trees healthy and growing with ferti•lome® Tree and Shrub Food 19-8-10. This is a specially formulated tree food that contains penetrating action which moves the food directly to the feeder roots when applied around the tree or shrub drip line, eliminating the need to dig holes. Great for all types of trees and shrubs including shade trees, nut trees, Evergreens, citrus, tropical and flowering trees.Feed trees and shrubs twice a year.