New Word #112
According to Wikipedia, sequoia usually refers to giant redwood trees, which occur naturally only in groves on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. Each can grow to 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter and 250 feet (76 meters) high. They live a long life. The oldest one is said to be 3200 years old.
bodhi fig tree
Buddha sat underneath a big bodhi fig tree for 49 days to achieve enlightenment. And this event has really been instilled into the psyche of many people. Ever since then, great wisdom have often been uttered under a big towering tree and a wise man often sits underneath such a tree.
It is said hemp can rescue us from our resource shortage in wood and trees. It can grow from seedling to maturity in less than six month. In areas with optimal temperature and rain, only three to four months are needed. Other trees usually take years or decades to reach maturity. Also it is said that processing hemp trees cause a fraction of unhealthy material to be released into the environment, compared with other trees of the same size.
This tree is so sought after for its fragrant oil that it is said its popularity has driven it to extinction.
African prune tree
An extract from the bark of this tree (Pygeum africanum) has been used in the treatment and prevention of prostate ailment. And since people are living longer and prostate issues are increasing in the general population, this tree has been driven to the brink of extinction.
I have always thought that rubber trees are indigenous to Southeast Asia, only to realize that I am wrong. It came from the Amazon forest and the British brought it to the colonies. Before synthetic rubber was made from petroleum byproduct and became widely used, the natural rubber from the rubber trees were the only rubber available. And this is why in many books and movies about Southeast Asia countries before WWII, rubber plantations are often mentioned. Somerset Maugham wrote several stories concerning such a plantation. Unfortunately often the owners couldn’t really make the money they had expected to make due to weather, bugs, financing issues, or family tragedy.
It is said ginkgo trees existed before dinosaurs. And it is called the living fossil. Well, probably survival is just an accident. I mean it is by accident that this tree survived while other trees perished forever.
Every spring for a brief period of time, the cherry trees in Washington DC will be blooming. And there are always people who want to drive there to take selfies. I’ve only been there once and that was before the era of social networking posting.