Did you know? – Trees – Nature’s Most Wonderful Gift
Osage orange firewood, also known as hedge, horse apple or bodark, is one of the best firewood types available. This oddly shaped tree does not grow very tall (roughly 26-49 feet), but its wood is extremely dense making it a great firewood choice. Historically found in the Red River Valley of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, the trees were planted by the millions for use as a natural wind barrier. These “hedgerows” were created to reduce soil erosion. The heat produced from dry Osage orange wood has qualities often compared to coal.
One cubic feet of softwood contains five million wood fibres. It can stretch upto 17.5 kilometre if stretched from end to end.
Blackest wood is ebony and whitest is holly (Ilex opaca)
Oldest fully wooden structure is Fugong Pagoda in Shanxi province of China which was constructed in 1056 AD under Liao dynasty. It is 220 feet high.
Annual growth rings in the tree trunk hide a lot of information about the climate of the past. Scientist can now unravel the periods of floods, drought, volcanic activity, fire and earthquake or rain. Against this, the meteorological data preserved is roughly 100 years old.
Tallest living softwood tree is Coast Redwood tree in North California. It is 379 feet tall.
Largest living single stem tree on the planet earth is in California which stands 275 feet. It is estimated that it has 52,058 cubic foot of timber, if cut.
Matchsticks are made out of most inflammable type of wood. But remember there are certain types of woods that are fire resistant. Smoking pipes are made out of wood too.
Pterocarpus santalinus or Red Sanders tree is highly prized for superior quality of wood. Though it is also called as Red Sandalwood, it is not aromatic. The rich red colour of the wood makes it suitable for high grade furniture. It is grown in Kadapa region of Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Tamil Nadu. The trees cannot be cut and timber cannot be exported.