How Much Do You Know About Trees?

National Arbor Day was a few days ago.

Test your knowledge about trees with this short trivia quiz based on information provided by the North Carolina State University Coop Extension website, ncsu.edu.

1.  How many varieties of trees are there estimated to be in the world?

A.  23,000     B.  10,000      C.  16,000     D.  1,000

2.  A tree can absorb how many pounds of carbon dioxide a year?

A.  20    B.  30     C.  14    D.  48

3.  Tree parts are added to which of the following products?

A.  ice cream     B.  chewing gum     C.  coffee      D.  all of the above

4.  Each year, the average person uses how much tree wood and paper?  Enough for a tree this tall  _________.

A.  1,000 ft     B.  100 ft      C.  10 ft     D.  10,000 ft

5.  True or False.  Trees are the largest living organism on the planet.

6.  How old can a live oak live to be?

A.  84 years     B.  50 years    C.  100 years    D.  500 years

7.  True or False.  A tree is a natural battery.

8.  95% of a tree is composed of these 6 elements:  carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and ___________.

A.  iodine     B.  magnesium     C.  chromium     D.  sulfur

9.  True or False.  If a birdhouse is hung on a tree, it moves up the tree as the tree grows.

10.  True or False.  The age of the tree is determined by growth rings inside the tree.

11.  True or False.  The pattern of growth for a typical tree is root growth in Spring, foilage growth in Summer, and trunk growth in Fall/Winter.

12.  True or False.  Tree roots are deep in the soil.

Answers:  1-A, 2-D, 3-D, 4-B, 5-True.  Coastal Redwoods can reach 360 ft tall.  6-D, 7-True.  They are batteries because they trap sun energy and convert it.  8-D, 9-False.  The birdhouse stays where it was placed.  10-True.  Also, the spacing in between growth rings can tell the history of the tree, such as environmental conditions that affect it -fire, drought, cold, etc.  11-False.  Foilage in the Spring, trunk in the Summer, roots in the Fall/Winter.  12- False.  The roots are only in the top 12 inches of the soil.

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