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.

Earth Song

This is a place of magic.

Brilliant beautiful songbirds in hues of the rainbow nest their families in the green trees.

Their gentle music carries on the soft breeze. 

Red cardinals, like angels, gather on the limbs above whispering notes of tranquility. 

The sun slowly rises, lifting her gorgeous head from another night’s slumber.

She graciously shines her light for all and suddenly the sky bursts into captivating watercolors. 

Purple, orange, pink, and blue with clouds so white and fluffy surrounding us comfortingly.

The beautiful light of day reflects and glistens on the shimmering waves of the lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Mountains rise to embrace the sky. 

Valleys dip playfully downward covered in vivid green and wildflowers.

Majestic waterfalls cascading, some powerful and yet others delicately trickling from little wilderness streams.

Everywhere, flowers lovingly planted, contribute their colorful blooms. 

The red, pink, and yellow roses of this garden offer a pleasing scent. 

Think of all the people rising to face this day around this great big globe.

A world of dreams and destinies intertwined.

Think of a world in peace, in harmony with the songbirds.     

Mothers and fathers everywhere waking children to get ready for school.

Parents heading to work every day to build a future.

Millions and millions of boys and girls filled with hope for their day.

Grandparents helping their children and grandchildren,

Nurturing them with words of wisdom. 

Babies being born into a planet of people,

All living for the present moment. 

All together in this moment of magic.