Quotes from “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben

fairy tales of trees with human faces, trees that can talk, and sometimes walk.
Life in the slow lane is clearly not always dull.
fairy tales of trees with human faces, trees that can talk, and sometimes walk.
The trees don’t want to take anything away from each other, and so they develop sturdy branches only at the outer edges of their crowns, that is to say, only in the direction of “non-friends.”
MM
MMhas quoted6 months ago
One of the oldest trees on Earth, a spruce in Sweden, is more than 9,500 years old
The answer is that trees need to communicate, and electrical impulses are just one of their many means of communication.
takes the lesson to heart
Tori
Torihas quoted12 days ago
radioactive cesium, which was found in soil even before the nuclear reactor disaster in Chernobyl in 1986, is mostly found in mushrooms.
Tori
Torihas quoted12 days ago
Fungi are in between animals and plants. Their cell walls are made of chitin—a substance never found in plants—which makes them more like insects. In addition, they cannot photosynthesize and depend on organic connections with other living beings they can feed on.
Tori
Torihas quoted17 days ago
Don’t parents want their offspring to become independent as quickly as possible? Trees, at least, would answer this question with a resounding no
Tori
Torihas quoted17 days ago
Every five years, a beech tree produces at least thirty thousand beechnuts (thanks to climate change, it now does this as often as every two or three years, but we’ll put that aside for the moment).

shit

Tori
Torihas quoted17 days ago
Birds that gobble the tart fruit make random deposits of seeds wrapped in their own little packages of fertilizer.
Tori
Torihas quoted17 days ago
it takes no more than a few days for the seedling’s tasty new leaves to end up in the deer’s stomach.
Tori
Torihas quoted17 days ago
TREES MAINTAIN AN inner balance.
Tori
Torihas quoted18 days ago
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
Tori
Torihas quoted18 days ago
The survival of the fittest? Trees would just shake their heads—or rather their crowns. Their well-being depends on their community, and when the supposedly feeble trees disappear, the others lose as well.
Tori
Torihas quoted18 days ago
a tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it.
Tori
Torihas quoted18 days ago
beeches are capable of friendship and go so far as to feed each other.
Tori
Torihas quoted18 days ago
Whenever the seedlings’ roots were exposed to a crackling at 220 hertz, they oriented their tips in that direction. That means the grasses were registering this frequency, so it makes sense to say they “heard” it.
Tori
Torihas quoted18 days ago
When I said at the beginning of this chapter that trees are definitely silent, the latest scientific research casts doubt even on this statement.
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