The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
- Peter Wohlleben
- Some forests plan reproduction in advance, such as birch trees. This regulates
many things, for example, the population of animals that depend on their
- Parent trees enforce a strict upbringing on the new generation of young
seedlings. One way they do this is through light deprivation: young seedlings
are short and covered by the crowns of the parent trees. The young trees often
only receive enough light to survive, enforcing a slow growth, and encouraging
them to develop extensive branches and leaves that can absorb the little
sunlight they receive. Once the mother tree perishes, the young trees can then
grow up strong.
- “A tree is only as strong as the forest”: Trees are social beings, and trees
try to ensure that every tree in the forest is equally successful (e.g. their
photosynthesis rate is often synchronized).
- The notion of having to space out the vegetation to avoid overcrowding comes
from a forester’s mentality. In practice, trees don’t practice this sort of