“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
Do you ever sit under a tree and think about how it got there? Was it a volunteer, meaning did it naturally regenerate and grow there? Or did someone years ago, maybe decades ago plant it? Did someone take the time to dig a hole and plant a seedling tree- hoping that one day it will grow up big and strong in hopes that someone sits under it and wonders or that wildlife is enriched by all the trees benefits. Seriously…how did it get there, what has the tree seen, what kind of tree is it even!? If only trees could talk; the stories they would tell! Would you take the time to listen?
A few days ago I had a couple stop by the office carrying a large garbage bag and inside was a tree branch! They began to tell me about the tree and how they had 35 acres of these trees! I looked at it, felt the needles and said well “its a spruce, but I do not want to give exact species without seeing them”. They had told me that the previous owner planted some 13,000 of these for a Christmas Tree Farm, but passed and the wife did not keep up with it so they just grew. I did not want to confirm the exact species because partly I wanted to see these trees in real life and because I was not 100% certain on it, I told them I did not want to say white spruce and be wrong, in the back of my mind I knew it wasn’t. It was very bright green..but all I could think was black or white spruce for holiday trees but I just had a feeling it wasn’t because the branching and the pure green color. In the back of my mind I am thinking can this really be a Norway Spruce and is just a young or upper branch? But, Norway is not a common holiday tree here… This was a brain teaser at best! I could not get it off my mind, so I talked it out with a friend…walking through all the trees it could be.
Anywho, so as I drove through the muddy back-roads to their property, it hit me like a cold snowball in the face and I yelled (all alone in my truck) I KNEW IT!! As I pulled into their driveway I had the biggest smile on my face because right in front of me, plain as day, rows and rows and rows of NORWAY SPRUCE!!! I met up with the landowners and said, I am so happy I did not let you leave my office without setting up a visit-because these are Norway Spruce. In shock we began to walk towards the trees and I explained how Norway’s branches droop down. I have never seen a plantation of these species before, I was in awe. It was a beautiful day, reaching 64 degrees Fahrenheit but when we walked into the trees it dropped roughly 10 degrees! This beautiful, green carpet of trees stand tall all because some 26 years ago a gentleman decided to plant 13,000 trees!
Next time you pass a tree on a walk/run/bike or sit under one to cool down and take in its shady canopy take a moment to think- how did it get there? What has it seen? What species of tree is it? If you do not know what species of tree it is, take a picture or note things about it and go that extra step to look it up!
Thank that tree for Clean Air