Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori

What is the connection between the 'Little Ice Age' that began in the 15th century and Stradivari and Guarneri violins? The answer is a tree.

What industry once employed 10,000 men and provided New Zealand with its most important export for over 50 years? The answer is not gold, wool or mutton. Nor is it wood, though it is a product of Kauri trees.

Why do beeches have smooth barks and other tree's barks are heavily fissured? Also, why does sheltering under a beech in a storm not provide protection against lightening?

Is the deadly Upas tree really all that deadly?

Jonathan Drori provides vignettes on 80 trees from around the world. I enjoyed every one. I hope there will be a 'Around the World in 80 more trees'.


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