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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.

Trees can be male, female, or both


Trees are a boon to breathing


Trees can act as a decent compass.


Some trees produce a bitter chemical to ward off predators


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These trees are among the world's oldest living things

istock/Deanna Quinton

Stress makes trees stronger


Fungus helps trees grow

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