It Seems Trees Actually Can “Talk”

“Hub trees”—a name for the oldest and tallest trees with the vastest root systems—have better access to sunlight than other trees and this leads them to create excess sugar. That sugar is distributed through their roots, underground, to fungi. These fungi, that need sugar to survive, spread their threads (known as Mycelium) through the root system of trees to absorb excess sugar. In return, the …

Citrus Archaeologist Paolo Galeotti Rediscovers Ancient Plants

Today, the garden of Florence’s Villa di Castello hosts the largest collection of potted citrus plants in the world—near 600 species and varieties, one of which was long thought extinct for more than a century and a half. Citrus Expert Paolo Galeotti saw a sprig of something he thought to be that variety—the three-fruit producing citrus bizzarria. He grafted it onto a plant and brought …

Identifying Trees by Sound

In his poetic, informative new book “The Song of Trees,” natural history writer David George Haskell describes his experiences lending binaural attention to trees. As The Atlantic describes, Haskell “visits a dozen specially chosen trees, including: a pear tree in the heart of Manhattan; an olive tree in Jerusalem; a sabal palm, roughing the salt and sun of a Georgian beach; a towering, rain-drenched ceibo …