Cool tree facts
- The average tree removes about 4 -5 kg of pollution from the air each year.
- Trees planted between crop fields and creeks can remove many pollutants before they reach the stream.
- A large tree can remove more than 400 litres of water from the ground and discharge it into the air in a day.
- One large tree in a single day can produce the amount of oxygen required by 4 people.
- Trees can shade your home and cool it by up to 10 degrees Celsius in the summer.
Uses for trees
- Coffee, rubber, lumber, herbal medicines and soaps all come from trees.
- Paper comes from trees as well. Each Canadian uses about 1,300 kg of paper products and 2 m2 of lumber a year. This is the equivalent to a 30 m tall tree that is 45 cm in diameter.
- Sugar Maple trees are 'tapped' to siphon off sap in the spring to make maple syrup. It takes over 175 litres of Sugar Maple sap to make 4 litres of maple syrup.
- The slowest growing tree known is a White Cedar. It grows on a cliff in the Great Lake area of Canada. Although it is 155 years old, it is only 10 cm tall.
- Every tree now growing in Regina was planted by hand.
- Arbor Day began over 125 years ago to plant trees on Nebraska's treeless prairie. Today people everywhere plant trees on Arbor Day.