- First, I need to put some building blocks together to clearly define this
term. People who say trees are just big plants should consider that you cannot
fall out of a tomato plant, nor could one fall and kill a person! Basically
speaking, trees are plants that are "perennial" - live for live for several
to many years (symplast). Woody - have tough cell walls of wood.
Shedding - use and shed woody and non-woody parts. Compartmented -
made up of many compartments. Trees usually have a single stem over three
meters tall. Now we will work our way to the beauty of the ecological stages
of trees. Tree Biology is the science that brings together anatomy,
physiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and all other disciplines that focus
on the life of a tree system (redundant, the tree is a system) and how death
brings healthier life. Here are some of the unique features of trees from
germination of the seed to the substrate and residual material left to enhance
the soil. A young tree is a tree that has 90%-100% dynamic mass. The theme
of the tree system is perfect. We see only the variations, which have many
imperfections. Trees are the most massive, longest living, and tallest
organisms ever to grow on earth. Trees are big batteries. Trees not only
provide beauty and shade, but they trap more of the sun's energy than any other
organism, and pass it along to many communities of associates, including
humans. Trees continue to support their soil associates by supplying a rich
source of carbon and other essential elements as they drop leaves, twigs,
branches, and finally give their trunks and woody roots. Trees respond rapidly
when hit. Trees have many associates - friends. Trees do not live beyond
their means. Trees don't read textbooks. Trees never knew stumps until axes
and saws came. Trees are the most giving and forgiving organisms on earth.
Trees go through ecological stages. Each stage contributing to unique groups
of organisms, including trees and soil. Through the connections made
throughout the ecological stages, a system exist known as a forest. Trees of a
field also serve unique contributions to system health throughout their
ecological stages, with no waste. Can be phrased as, the functionality of the
ecological stages of trees. Trees were here before people! Trees are superior
survival organisms. They live longer, grow taller and become more massive than
any organism ever to inhabit earth. The functionality, of the ecological
stages of trees deserves credit for their contribution to this unique feature
of trees. Trees do demand some respect. This means trees have dignity. Trees
and people are about 98% by weight carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur,
and phosphorus. Trees are mostly carbohydrates - cellulose. Humans are
In other words. If you don’t know what a tree is, you should not be working on them, and that’s for sure. You should be able to come up with the four major words that separate trees from all other organisms. They are woody, they are perennial, shedding, highly compartmented. Think, think, think. This definition can be expanded in so many ways. So the major part is just think about it, ok? And if you do not know the answer please don’t call yourself a tree person if you don’t even know what you are working on. Think about it.
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