Top 10 Benefits of Trees

Trees, one of the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, can be found almost anywhere on the planet, except on the icy slopes on the world’s highest mountains and in remote regions covered with eternal ice and snow.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Since the very beginning of life on Earth trees have provided food, shelter and shade to all animals and primates, and not even the modern technology of today can replace or replicate the benefits that trees selflessly share with the rest of the living species on Earth.

Top 10 benefits of trees:

1. Combating climate change

Trees have the ability to absorb CO2, which is building up in our atmosphere and is contributing to climate change. They remove and store the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

2. Trees clean the air

Trees are capable of absorbing odours and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone) and filtering particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

3. Trees save water

Leafy trees cast shades that slow water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

4. Trees prevent soil erosion

Trees slow runoff and hold soil in place on hillsides and stream slopes.

5. Trees offer protection against ultra-violet rays

Studies have shown that trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50%, thus providing protection against skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

6. Trees provide food

An apple tree can yield up to 20 bushels of fruit each year and can be planted on the tiniest urban lot. Trees not only provide food for humans, but also for birds and wildlife.

7. Trees provide wood

In suburban and rural areas, and many underdeveloped corners of the world, trees are being harvested for firewood. They also provide building material for a vast number of industries.

8. Trees heal

A number of different studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with fewer complications. According to the article on Tree People, children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Additionally, exposure to trees and nature is known to reduce mental fatigue and increase concentration.

9. Trees increase property value

A well-planted and maintained property and its surrounding street and neighbourhood can raise property value by approximately 15%.

10. Trees conserve energy

Strategically planted trees around a family home can reduce summer air conditioning bills by as much as 50 percent. This in turn reduces carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.