You Can Make a Fruit Tree Produce Multiple Types Of Fruit

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You Can Make a Fruit Tree Produce Multiple Types Of Fruit

The Tree of 40 Fruit is a series of unusual fruit trees by artist Sam Van Aken that each grow multiple types of fruit—40, to be exact. As spellbinding as its multicolored springtime blooms and summer fruits are, Van Aken used no special lab equipment or cutting-edge technology to create the tree. He just used a simple process that's been relied upon by farmers for ages.

The Amazing Colors Of The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

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The Amazing Colors Of The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

On first glance, the rainbow eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus deglupta) doesn't seem like something that could exist in nature. This unique tree, indigenous to Indonesia and the Philippines, begins chartreuse and dark green before turning into vivid shades of lilac, rusty red, and burnt orange as the tree grows older. Older layers of these colors peel off, displaying the full rainbow array of hues. Little research has been done to examine how and why these colors change so dramatically. One theory is that each bark layer has a one-cell-thick transparent overlay. Over time, the clear layer becomes flush with different colors of tannins and the accumulation of these tannins as well as a depletion of chlorophyll may lead to the colorful bark layers. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Pando, The Heaviest Organism On Earth

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Pando, The Heaviest Organism On Earth

The heaviest organism on Earth has a name: Pando, or the Trembling Giant. It consists of around 47,000 genetically identical quaking aspen trees, and resides in Utah's Fishlake National Forest. The trees are technically a single organism united by their shared root system in a clonal colony, which sprawls for more than 100 acres, and is estimated to be anywhere from 80,000 to a million years old. Today, however, the trees are threatened by elk and deer that have been grazing on them aggressively. Learn more about the world's most impressive organisms.

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Key Facts to Know

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    The most extensive living organism is a fungus that covers 2,385 acres in an Oregon national forest. 0:24

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    The clonal colony of quaking aspens known as Pando weighs more than 40 blue whales. 1:05

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    It's likely that some of the underground connections in Pando have become severed over time. 2:07

Do Not Stand Under The Poisonous Manchineel Tree

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Do Not Stand Under The Poisonous Manchineel Tree

Every part of the manchineel tree, from its small green fruits to its sap, is toxic. In fact, the Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences warns that "interaction with and ingestion of any part of this tree may be lethal." A single bite of the fruit can end in gastrointestinal bleeding, a closed throat, and hours of pain, if not death. The sap, meanwhile, causes blisters and burns on both skin and paint. People are cautioned not to stand under these trees in the rain because the water droplets could transfer sap to their bodies! The trees are endangered, but can be found in Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America.

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Key Facts to Know

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    Foxglove contains digitoxin, which can cause hallucinations, irregular heartbeats, and blurred vision. 1:24

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    Hemlock poisonings often happen by accident, as hemlock looks similar to parsnip, carrot, and celery plants. 3:56

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    Secondary poisoning can occur if someone drinks the milk of an animal that ate a poison plant. 5:59

Why Do The Trees Bend In The Crooked Forest?

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Why Do The Trees Bend In The Crooked Forest?

The Crooked Forest is located in western Poland. About 400 trees have the signature bends in their trunks, and they're surrounded by normal pines. Scientists believe that the bent trees were planted around 1930, and that the bends were purposefully orchestrated by humans for an unknown purpose.

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Key Facts to Know

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    Trees in the Dancing Forest (also called the Drunken Forest) twist into curving patterns instead of standing straight. 0:16

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    Humans can "train" trees to grow in certain ways. 1:18

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    The Crooked Forest is full of trees with 90-degree bends at the bases of their trunks. 2:09