Sunday Sweetness #13: Trees


After our trip to Yosemite earlier this summer, I have a new found adoration and appreciation for trees (Silver Lining). Not only are they are truly magnificent…but they are profoundly important to our lives.

The importance of trees cannot be overstated. It’s likely that if not for trees, human life on earth would not even be possible. Isn’t that amazing?!?

Here are the top 10 reasons why I think that trees are so valuable:

  1. Trees produce oxygen (scientists believe trees are the largest single source of breathable oxygen in the atmosphere)
  2. Trees clean the soil (by storing harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms
  3. Trees clean the air (by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide)
  4. Trees muffle noise pollution
  5. Trees fight soil erosion (which is a big concern this summer after all of the wildfires)
  6. Trees break the wind (which can lower heating bills in the winter)
  7. Trees shade and cool (which is REALLY needed this summer!)
  8. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (a suspect in global warming)
  9. Trees are a source of food (e.g., apples, oranges, lemons, figs, avocados, olives, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts…)
  10. They are beautiful!

Do you have a favorite tree?  I don’t think I do. I seem to appreciate and adore them all (though perhaps the REAL reason is that I don’t yet know the names of the gazillion types of trees!)


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  1. Paula says

    If I had to choose only one tree I'd say JACARANDA is my favourite.

    Every June, here in Lisbon when I see all them blooming I nearly cry for such beauty.

    I love your blog!

  2. Lucy Dewitt says

    My Mom's favorite poem-
    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the Earth's sweet flowing breast
    A tree that looks at God all Day
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray.
    A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair.
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain:
    Who intimately lives with rain.
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.
    Joyce Kilmer
    I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and my mother before me!