The Hidden Life of Trees Themes

Peter Wohlleben
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Trees’ capabilities

Wohlleben demonstrates that trees have more complex capabilities than most people think. Wohlleben shares abilities of his arboreal friends that are literally difficult to see: some occur inside the tree – like the storage of water for the winter, some are too small. Others happen slowly – such as a branch growing in a different direction to make up for a storm injury, things happen below the ground – like sending chemical messages to other trees through the roots, and sometimes the signs are just too subtle – such as when a layer of wax is added to the leaves and needles to conserve water.

Beyond these factors, there are things people do not realize because of their mindset. For instance, fruit trees wait until there have been a certain number of warm days to begin to grow again. A person must actively be trying to understand the trees to observe...

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