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a person who loves trees


dendrophile = eine Person, die Bäume liebt



"My daughter arrived on my doorstep at Christmas with Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees – It stirred the dormant ecowarrior within and inspired a resolution that I have kept since: to be a full-blown 'DENDROPHILE', aka “one who loves trees”.

Alastair Campbell - The Guardian

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a person who loves trees

Cambridge Dictionary


Dendrophile comes from a combination of dendro- (tree) and phile- (loving), both of which derive from Ancient Greek δένδρον (déndron - tree) and φίλος (phílos - dear, beloved).


The tallest known tree on earth is believed to be a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) at Redwood National Park, California. It has been named Hyperion and is 115.85 m (380.1 ft) tall. The tallest known broad-leaved tree is a mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) growing in Tasmania with a height of 99.8 m (327 ft).

The largest tree by volume is believed to be a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) known as the General Sherman Tree in the Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. Only the trunk is used in the calculation and the volume is estimated to be 1,487 m3 (52,500 cu ft).

The oldest living tree with a verified age is also in California. It is a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) growing in the White Mountains. It has been dated by drilling a core sample and counting the annual rings. It is estimated to currently be 5,075 years old.

A little farther south, at Santa Maria del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico, is the tree with the broadest trunk. It is a Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) known as Árbol del Tule and its diameter at breast height is 11.62 m (38.1 ft) giving it a girth (Umfang) of 36.2 m (119 ft).

- George W. Koch, et al,  “The limits to tree height”. Nature
- Christopher J. Earle,  “Sequoia sempervirens”. The Gymnosperm Database
- Glen Martin, “Humboldt County: World’s tallest tree, a redwood”
- Peter Wohlleben, “The Hidden Life of Trees”

by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”

Practice OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“Take care what you read, Peter Wohlleben’s ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ might turn you into a DENDROPHILE.”

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