We thought we’d celebrate by sharing facts and photos about a few of our favorite trees.
The big-leaf mahogany tree–which can live upward of 350 years–is an integral part of the rainforest ecosystem and an important resource for local communities.
Famous for reaching heights of over 160 feet, the Brazil nut tree towers above other trees in the Amazon rainforest. During January and February, its fruit–which is the size of a baseball and can weigh up to 5 pounds–ripens and falls to the ground, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph on descent.
During cork harvest, the cork oak tree remains standing while large sections of its outer bark–the cork itself–are cut and peeled from the tree. Cork oak is unique in its ability to regenerate its outer bark. Cork oak is found through southwestern Europe and into northwestern Africa in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
A giant of the rainforest, the kapok tree can reach up to 200 feet in height, sometimes growing as much as 13 feet per year. Due to its extreme height, the kapok, or ceiba tree, towers over the other rainforest vegetation. In the nooks and grooves of this huge plant live a diverse number of species including frogs, birds and bromeliads.
Discover more incredible biodiversity by exploring our species profiles.