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7 Weird Facts About Trees You Never Knew

We crave trees' shade and admire their beauty, but there's plenty of fascinating trivia about trees you've probably never learned. Here, mysteries of the arboreal world, revealed.

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Trees can be male, female, or both

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Trees are a boon to breathing

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Trees can act as a decent compass.

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Some trees produce a bitter chemical to ward off predators

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These trees are among the world’s oldest living things

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Stress makes trees stronger

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Fungus helps trees grow

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