All Green Podcast Ep.6- Matthew McC's List of 30 Trees
Michael: Alright, Alright, Alright. Welcome back to another episode of the All Green Podcast. I’m Michael Ghazal and thank you so much for joining us again. I’m here with Andrea, I’m super excited to have her because as you know she’s worked with Eco Four Twenty for several years now and it’s very cool to be able to force her to do a podcast where we just talk about trees.
Michael: You know, it’s actually my birthday today. I am 31 years old.
Andrea: Happy birthday Michael! Wooo
Michael: Thank you. I am honoured to have Andrea and just talk about trees. I love nature I love being outdoors and as a birthday gift, Andrea’s basically planned a trip
Andrea: Yeah, we got an exciting podcast planned. We got some good gummies and assorted cookies to try out. Yeah they look really good, and we’re gonna do a live reaction to a list of cool, interesting trees.
Andrea: I don’t know this list. Michael doesn’t know this list.
Michael: We got a lot of emails from customers and just people listening and visiting our podcast and this was a list of unique trees that a guy named Matthew McC from the U.S., sent. We have no idea who he is but I guess he’s just a fan. I think it’s really cool that we have random people listening around the world. And we get to- this is a cold react, is that what it’s called?
Andrea: Yes, yes. On that note if anybody has any interesting ideas, if they wanna be a guest on the podcast, if they think they’d be an interesting guest, feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll reach out to you.
Michael: We’d love to connect with you
Andrea: We’ll vet you for the podcast.
Michael: Yeah, and react to trees also.
Andrea: Yes, a third reaction.
Michael: But yeah, I think it’s really cool- just in general. Trees are important. We’re always talking about billionaires trying to protect forests. We’re talking about why are trees important for our breathing, for fresh air. There’s so many different unique trees out there that I’ve never heard of, I’ve never seen.
Michael: I think there’s one tree out there that’s like, acres. It’s literally like a connection-
Andrea: It’s an entire system, but it’s technically one.
Michael: I had no idea by their roots they’re connected. Hopefully, maybe it’s on the list.
Andrea: I don’t know we might be surprised. Do you want to start with the gummies?
Michael: Yeah! Let’s do it.
Andrea: Try some stuff?
Michael: Let’s try it. So, I mean. I think we’ll try this one called “Chuz” this is a brand that has caramel candy. I mean, I’ve always loved caramel candy so we will see how that goes.
Andrea: Nice little packaging ASMR moment
Andrea: You really gotta get your fingers into the packaging, like it’s not easy. It’s good safety packaging.
Michael: I do like it, AND, I didn’t even know this-
Andrea: Oooooh, that’s very cool.
Michael: We each get our own.
Andrea: Wow, they come individually packaged in these little plastic containers.
Michael: I like it.
Andrea: *gasps* Wow, it has a little lid.
Michael: I mean, if anything, that keep the moisture in versus other candies we’ve had-
Andrea: It’s good to portion it.
Andrea: Okay, ready to try it?
Andrea: Happy Birthday Michael!
Andrea: Oh, it’s soft.
Michael: It really does taste like caramel candy.
Andrea: Oooh, that’s good. That’s really good. It tastes like a soft Tootsie Roll.
Michael: It does! Exactly like a Tootsie Roll!
Andrea: But like, there’s sugar on the outside so it’s a little crunchy from the sugar. It’s so good.
Michael: Do you think they’re comparing other candies too? They just have a bucket of a bunch of candies. “We need it to be like this,” “We need it to be like that”
Andrea: Yeah but it’s like, that candy but better. You know when you’d have a Tootsie Roll, it’d always stick to your teeth? ‘Cause it’s so hard. This is soft and mmm
Michael: Yeah! It’s the candy on the outside.
Michael: It’s what you said.
Andrea: That’s so good.
Michael: I love it.
Andrea: It’s amazing. That’s like, ten out of ten for me.
Michael: We got a ten- the first one?! We got it?!
Michael: There’s no other thing to compare it yet but we got a ten out of ten right away so.
Andrea: Yeah, it’s so good.
Michael: Chuz get’s ten already. I guess- I was gonna give it a high mark anyways. I’ll give it an eight and a half, I haven’t seen anything else yet but I might later on.
Andrea: Yeah, I know.
Michael: Andrea just straight up loves it. 8 out of 10, and 10.
Andrea: It’s so nostalgic tasting I don’t know.
Michael: It’s delicious, it does- like, if I close my eyes it’s a Tootsie Roll. So I think that’s really really cool to do it.
Andrea: Right? It’s like soft, and melty. It tastes like it was just made or something.
Michael: And you get almost half a gram of protein.
Michael: That’s the most important part.
Andrea: Get your gains in, guys.
Michael: This is unique!
Andrea: Yeah i’d even reuse these little containers for something, they’re cute. Okay, what do we have next, Michael?
Michael: I think the next we’re gonna do is called Spinach, and it says Feelz so, this is just supposed to be another one and it’s pineapple starfruit. So it’s the same kind of, similar candy one and it’s from Spinach.
Andrea: I really appreciate how fresh-
Michael: - These companies are.
Andrea: Yeah. The caramels were made in September 16th, which is about a month and a week-
Michael: Yeah, today is November 2nd.
Andrea: Yeah it’s about a month and a half from when we’re filming this.
Michael: That’s really cool.
Andrea: Which is pretty fresh, I don’t know about Tootsie Rolls but they’re probably like a year and a half.
Michael: Walmart is leaving their candy on shelves for like, weeks at a time, months at a time. So to be able to do that, I think
Andrea: It’s really good.
Michael: They have to clearance sale at Walmart. Do you go to get one dollar candy after Halloween?
Andrea: Yeah, yeah. That and Valentine’s Day. That’s when you like, get the good deals on candy.
Michael: February 15th
Michael: I think this is one, or two pieces?
Andrea: That’s one piece we’re gonna have to split it.
Michael: It is one piece, it is, it is.
Andrea: Oh no, it’s two pieces! Wow, okay.
Michael: We are not good at math here, that’s why we’re here looking at trees guys.
Andrea: Love it. Okay, cheers!
Michael: Thank you Spinach.
Andrea: Another Happy Birthday Michael. Okay wait, so these are Spinach Feelz, pineapple startfruit.
Michael: The startfruit, is a fruit itself.
Andrea: It’s an actual fruit, it actually looks like a star when you cut it. Like, cross-section of it. Okay, I’m eating it.
Michael: How do they add pineapple flavouring to any candy like that?
Andrea: I think it’s just concentrate.
Michael: It’s delicious
Andrea: It’s good? I have to eat it.
Michael: It’s good.
Andrea: Oh, it’s a little sour on the outside.
Michael: I still think there’s a lot of sugar, I love when the first ingredient is sugar. Like you do know probably half of it is. It’s still very good.
Andrea: This is a treat.
Michael: I did like the Chuz one a bit better. Like the caramel one was very good.
Andrea: Aw, those are both so good though.
Michael: They’re very good.
Andrea: I don’t know what starfruit tastes like, though. To me it just tastes like pineapple but-
Michael: And this one just says “Chill Bliss” on it, as well. Good marketing I guess, you can just put whatever-
Andrea: That’s the flavour.
Michael: Flavour: Chill Bliss
Andrea: Flavour is a good time.
Michael: Even on drinks they just name something you have no idea what it is.
Andrea: Mhmm, it’s an experience.
Michael: Choose a drink that’s an experience.
Michael: *laughs* that’s why I stick to Coca Cola.
Andrea: Okay, last one.
Michael: Are we gonna do the last one or let's do it in a bit.
Andrea: We can wait a bit- I don’t know, if you want to get into the trees list?
Michael: Yes, let’s go get surprised a bit.
Michael: And we do have a secret guest sponsor, halfway through the show so stay tuned to do that then.
Andrea: Ou, that’s a good idea.
Michael: A big thank you to Spinach and Chuz. They were not our sponsors because we do not have sponsors of the show yet, but we just like candy.
Andrea: We appreciate, yeah-
Michael: I think it’s really cool that we’re able to do that in Canada.
Andrea: I mean these came in, what? A day and a half? Right?
Michael: Directly mailed. Easy. Came the next day.
Andrea: Yeah it’s quick.
Michael: Canada Post doesn’t deliver anything else on time.
Andrea: They do not mess around with this. Yeah, we love it. Okay, so let’s get into this list of trees, by Matthew McC.
Michael: Thank you so much Matthew, for sending it in. You ‘da bomb’, you’re the man and alright, let’s get into it.
Andrea: So, this is first reaction though, like we’re just gonna read the name. Maybe Google it. Check it out.
Michael: Never seen the trees before, we’ll see what they’re about. So, number one. Andrea. Let’s do it.
Andrea: Okay, the first one is “rainbow eucalyptus”. So off the bat, we do have a mintleaf and eucalyptus coconut candle.
Michael: No shit!
Andrea: So, maybe-
Michael: What a coincidence, Matthew! Thank you for advertising, he probably bought that.
Andrea: Shoutout to our mintleaf and eucalyptus candle, she smells amazing.
Michael: This looks like a rainbow colour, like that’s amazing.
Andrea: It looks Photoshopped.
Michael: It doesn’t look real and I think that’s what’s unique about it. It literally just says that these trees are magical. But they’re losing their bark, that’s why- they’re basically dying.
Andrea: Yeah, but is that- what even makes the colour? It kind’ve looks like a, I don’t know if it’s Van Gogh? How it’s almost like paint strokes?
Michael: *laughs* imagine it was not a real tree, but just like a prankster of a guy running at night and just painting every tree around?
Andrea: That’s hilarious.
Michael: It says it’s in Hawaii, the Phillipines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and yeah just those places. It’s very rare.
Andrea: Can you use it for anything?
Michael: Beautiful artwork. I mean, I think it looks cool but I guess the problem is maybe if you cut it, the pigment won’t stay, of the colours, but, I’m not sure. It’s beautiful.
Andrea: It has smooth, orange-tinted bark that sheds in strips revealing streaks of pale green, red, orange, grey and purplish-brown. It, looks Photoshopped to be honest, but, that’s a good tree.
Michael: You can even buy it. You could buy the tree, it’s only nine dollars to buy it online, guys. We might be doing this.
Andrea: We should plant all thirty of these trees and write them after-
Michael: And see which one grows?
Andrea: which one is most successful.
Michael: In our apartment, it’ll be great. But yeah, you can do that if you like. Honestly, out all- this is already amazing. We started- is this in order? It’s not one to thirty-
Andrea: No, it’s just a random list. That’s a pretty tree, would you consider that a good tree?
Michael: It’s a ten out of ten tree.
Michael: We started ten out of ten Chuz, ten out of ten trees, so, we’re going hard.
Andrea: It’s the Chuz of trees.
Michael: I love it. But look at this, it’s like you can grow your own tree- how long would it take to go from a seedling like that?
Andrea: But what do they use the bark- I would use the bark for like the most exquisite letters ever. This is-
Michael: It looks like someone dumped a bucket of paint on a tree. I’m not even joking. It’s hilarious.
Andrea: It looks beautiful.
Michael: It’s a cool tree, so. Number one is done that is “rainbow eucalyptus”
Andrea: Yes, it’s a good tree. Next one.
Michael: “B-A-O-B-A-B” and I’ve heard of this tree before.
Andrea: Oh my god *laughs*
Michael: There’s something unique about it, I think it’s water… I’m at the same photo. Yo, this tree got booty.
Andrea: *laughing* it’s so thick.
Michael: it’s so thick.
Andrea: *laughing* why does it look like that?
Michael: It’s a thousand years old! That’s why
Andrea: It’s tired.
Michael: It’s so tired. He’s like “kill me, please”. A thousand years old, wow.
Andrea: He’s seen some shit.
Andrea: He’s like “ I have lived one thousand pandemics”
Michael: He’s turning away from this shit.
Andrea: Oh my god, it’s looks legit
Michael: “I invented the mask,” like it’s so old.
Andrea: It looks like it’s from Lord of The Rings.
Michael: Yeah, like a mythical thing. And then all these branches that have fallen off are just scars for- that was 600 years ago it’s kind’ve cool.
Andrea: I… was not expecting that. They are native to Madagascar, Mainland Africa and Australia. Um, they have fruit-
Michael: I think it’s amazing how much good info they have on Wikipedia, like shout out to Wikipedia, thank you.
Andrea: Shoutout to Wikipedia.
Michael: It’s like, we get a lot of our data from you guys so, thank you.
Andrea: We really do appreciate your hard work and dedication to educating the world. Accessibility is really important and we love it, shout out to you guys. We’re learning a lot about trees
Michael: I basically graduated with Wikipedia, like just being able to like, get all the data here and you get to see all the cool sources.
Andrea: We’re learning a lot about trees ‘cause of you guys so, thanks to you guys. I don’t know, this tree I was not expecting it to look like that. It looks very thick at the trunk and very scraggly branches.
Michael: People eat the trees apparently. It says they make baobab powder and they’re incorporating it into smoothies and salads. Imagine being a thousand years old and then some asshole cuts you down just to make a salad *laughs*. I’d be like, “Frig you guys, this is ridiculous”.
Michael: It improves digestive health because you just ate a thousand year old tree.
Andrea: That’s like the ultimate fibre. The ancient fibre. The forbidden fibre.
Michael: *laughs* forbidden fruit. It’s like this was passed from all of our generations and it’s like, who knows?
Andrea: That’s crazy, if people be eating that.
Michael: Who cut this thick tree down? It took them like, 4 days to cut down.
Michael: They’re taking it down. It’s so thick. They didn’t even have saws like, handsaws.
Andrea: It’s crazy.
Michael: Yeah, baobab.
Andrea: Good tree.
Michael: Number two. That was awesome.
Andrea: ‘Kay, so number three is a drumstick tree. Let’s see what this one looks like.
Michael: I think vegetarians might get a bit worried.
Andrea: I can’t imagine.
Michael: I mean, it doesn’t look like a drumstick. It does- Moringa, it’s also called a Moringa. M-O-R-I-N-G-A.
Andrea: Let’s learn about it… Technically I guess it is called that.
Michael: Yeah but, you know why? Look at it. It literally, look what it’s doing. Like it’s growing little sticks.
Andrea: Are those beans? It looks like there’s beans hanging off of it.
Michael: It kind’ve looks like beans on it, but.
Andrea: Beans are hanging from the tree.
Michael: I might be wrong but isn’t a drumstick- say it’s like a chicken wing?
Andrea: It’s a part of the chicken, yeah. These literally look beans- look at this, this looks like a french bean.
Michael: Like a bean, yeah! Not a drumstick.
Andrea: No, but they look very long.
Michael: That’s unique though.
Andrea: Do they live for a long time? I don’t know, I wonder… Oh? It’s the miracle tree!
Michael: *laughs* Miracle tree?
Andrea: The horseradish tree! It’s funny how many names-
Michael: There’s so many names! It’s not a tree if it doesn’t have like, four names.
Andrea: It either has to be like nobody could agree on a name, or, ten people discovered it at the same time and just nobody got the consensus-
Michael: Just arguing over it-
Andrea: -Yeah. They’re just like-
Michael: "I’m the first to discover this tree and like 10 years ago another guy did it."
Andrea: Actually, yeah this is something completely different so. That’s crazy. Oh, some fun facts, okay! This tree is native to India but also grows in Asia, Africa and South America. Moringa contains a variety of proteins, vitamins and minerals. People taking medication- oh, no. No, don’t consume this.
Michael: They’re telling you to eat the tree too?
Andrea: Yeah, apparently there’s medicinal properties to it?
Michael: We don’t recommend it. No witch doctor stuff.
Andrea: That is interesting though.
Michael: I always think people trying random seeds and stuff, it’s like, make sure you really research it first. We’re not recommending it.
Andrea: Yeah I only eat sunflower seeds.
Michael: They were eating that baobab tree and look how thick it was! How are you eating it?! I’m just thinking, how do they eat that?
Andrea: It’s a lot of work, yeah. I don’t know.
Michael: Imagine 50 people standing in a circle tightly. That tree is double the thickness of it. That’s what it would be. A baobab tree, so. That’s one of my favourites so far, what’s your favourite? We’re only on three though, so *laughs*
Andrea: I like the eucalyptus one, that was pretty cool. That was a good one. Okay, drumstick tree. Okay next one?
Michael: I’m good with drumstick tree.
Andrea: Yeah, that was a cool tree.
Michael: This is a cool tree name, it says “Double Coconut” Tree. I’ve heard of a coconut tree, we obviously sell coconuts in our eco-friendly coconut candles, but, double coconut must be something amazing all together.
Andrea: It’s almost exciting.
Michael: What if it’s just two trees beside each other-?
Andrea: Oh my god, *laughs* that’s literally what it is oh no. It’s the largest seed in the world!
Michael: That does not look like seeds, that looks like something else. Andrea.. Our show is PG, guys!
Andrea: That is…. *laughs*
Michael: It’s looks like… It looks like private parts, guys. It’s so gross.
Andrea: I have tears. Okay.
Michael: It’s basically a coconut squished beside another coconut.
Andrea: Is it genetically- oh it’s.
Michael: It’s the largest seed in the world so that’s interesting.
Andrea: Monotypic genus. Palm family.
Michael: Really never heard of it. It says from myth to reality so I still don’t believe it’s a thing.
Andrea: Oh, it’s also known as the Sea Coconut.
Michael: The seeds are 16-20 inches and can weigh up to 40 pounds, or 20 kilograms. The weight of a four year old child
Andrea: That’s a child. Yeah.
Michael: That’s crazy.
Andrea: But can you eat it? I don't understand.
Michael: They would germinate it to make more trees.
Andrea: I mean at that point, coconut farms, it’s like double the-
Michael: You know how you eat peanuts and stuff? You can just eat the one nut and it would be a meal for a week.
Andrea: It could feed a family, yeah.
Michael: But it says, they’re often seen in scientific displays and botanical gardens, but, they don’t really produce a lot of seeds, so it’s rare that they do it.
Michael: Wow, it’s actually interesting. It says there’s actually permits for it. It can only be harvested and sold with a proper permit. ‘Cause that’s how few seeds there are in the world. It’s probably like an endangered species.
Andrea: Should out to the double coconut tree. That is a sick tree. That was a good one.
Michael: Shout out to coconuts in general they’re a good use for everything, they’re much better than glass, and no pressure but our coconuts are awesome.
Michael: Number 5. So number 5 is Silver Birch. Silver Birch.
Andrea: This sounds like something that could be in Canada. Off the bat.
Michael: Let’s hope it is. None of these trees have been here in Canada yet, so we will see.
Andrea: Ooo, this is nice. This a very, like… I’ve definitely seen this tree before.
Michael: It might be, actually, this is a tree that we’ve-
Andrea: I’ve definitely seen this tree.
Michael: That’s very cool.
Andrea: It’s beautiful, it is a tall, slender, white tree. Canadian listeners sometimes you see the bark peeling and it’s pink underneath.
Michael: Yeah! What I know about it is like, you can peel off the white bark as it’s peeling and it makes really good kindling. That part, if you can hand-pick it off, it’s already dying off the tree you can just peel a couple of them- I’m not sure if that’s the same kind of Birch but it looks exactly like it, so.
Andrea: Oh, it’s in North America so it could be, yeah.
Michael: No, you gotta see this map. It’s everywhere.
Andrea: Michael, it is known as the East European White Birch and is considered invasive in some states in the United States and parts of Canada. So, yes, I’m sure we are familiar with this.
Michael: Make sure if it’s the right birch, but if it’s invasive aren’t you supposed to cut it down, or? if it’s invasive species you rip it out, right? What do you do if it’s a huge ass tree?
Andrea: *sighs* I don’t know.
Michael: *laughs* We’re not arborists, guys.
Andrea: Yeah like absolutely do not take anything we say serious-
Michael: But that’s just crazy trees can really live everywhere, and if you see that- that’s the whole map, it’s like everywhere, all over Canada its all over Europe it’s all over Asia, all over Russia it’s a really unique tree.
Michael: Shout out Silver Birch, versus Double Coconut that needs permits to just grow and be babies like these birches do whatever they want.
Andrea: I would argue that Silver Birch and Rainbow Eucalyptus have been the most picturesque so far.
Michael: Absolutely. Are we sure that Rainbow Eucalyptus is not Silver Birch trees but then someone at night dumps buckets of paint on them? Because they look very similar.
Andrea: This is a very deep conspiracy.
Michael: It’s a lot of paint too
Andrea: Yeah, and I would say the baobab is the most comical.
Michael: Definitely. That looks like a cartoon tree.
Andrea: So the next one is a Giant Sequioa? This also sounds like something that could be in Canada.
Michael: That is in, I believe, California. That’s like the oldest trees-
Michael: Yeah, that was one the one that was almost on fire in California.
Andrea: Sequoiadendron giganteum
Michael: I think, what’s really cool about this tree, they do have an International Park, I believe it is Yosemite, where you can walk under it, you can drive under that tree and that’s the famous tree that does that. These trees can be thousands of years old.
Andrea: Wow, it is the sole living species in the genus and one of the three species of coniferous trees known as redwoods.
Michael: I do know there’s a famous outdoorsman, John Muir, M-U-I-R, and he was the one who first lived with them, walked around with them. He got to see these giant sequioas and it’s really interesting because there’s a lot of parks named after that guy, John Muir.
Andrea: WOW, oh my gosh look at the photos.
Michael: They’re HUGE.
Andrea: It is massive. There is an adult man standing in front of the trunk of this tree, and it is- wow, 20 people could stand shoulder-to-shoulder in front of this tree and it’s still just as wide as that. That is insane.
Michael: And you can see that it is-
Andrea: And this is all technically one tree, right?
Michael: What’s really cool is when you can see videos of people going all under it and yeah, it’s just the comparison of what it is. It is really huge.
Andrea: Wow, look the pinecones are MASSIVE. Like the size of that girl’s head, did you see that?
Michael: They look like they’re bigger than her head.
Andrea: That is insane.
Michael: And I do know that these are listed as an endangered species, then. Like as a tree, it takes them so long to grow back that if we’re just clear cut these trees they’re never gonna grow back in our lifetime, in so many years, so.
Andrea: I feel like trees that are so beautiful, I just as an individual, I feel like it’s such a shame to cut it down for literally- I mean no there’s no reason for it.
Michael: Yeah like it’s not useful, you know?
Andrea: It’s so cool to be able to walk through it and look up and it looks like a kilometre of tree above you, like it’s huge.
Michael: More people should get out there and just explore nature it’s something I love doing.
Andrea: Be humbled by nature.
Michael: I feel like everybody in our world would just be happier people rather than living in concrete jungles and never exploring nature, you know? Even living in Toronto, Andrea and I grew up in Toronto and where it’s a city, but I definitely feel more at peace and more happy going a couple hours away, going to see nature and really exploring the outdoors the hundreds of national parks and provincial parks that are all around Canada, it’s really cool to see. I’m honoured that we get to see all these kind’ve cool trees and- have you ever seen one in real life, a sequioa?
Michael: Me neither, no.
Andrea: I don’t think so.
Michael: I look forward to it one day.
Andrea: It’s in California?
Michael: Oh! That’s a good point. I think it’s in many other places too, but.
Andrea: If we were to go, where would we have to go for it?
Michael: Yeah, where would we go see it? It might be in California.
Andrea: United States and Canada. Pacific Northwest and Southern U.S. Western Oregon North to Southwest British Columbia.
Michael: So it’s only in Canada and America, damn.
Andrea: Can you see them in British Columbia? Yeah, I guess so.
Michael: I think that’s where there’s been a lot of arguments because they’re cutting down these old trees. Nobody can speak to it because we’re not experts in it but, why would you cut down these old trees that are hundreds of years old? They cannot be replaced in our whole lifetime. A whole new government can be made and fallen and we’ll still have the same clear cutting problems. I do know it’s being famous now because a lot of people are protesting and physically stopping them and there’s a lot of violence in B.C. over this so, I’m very happy that there’s people standing up to protect these trees, which is really cool. Especially if there’s- imagine there’s only 80 thousand and they’re like, “Don’t worry, we just cut down a thousand of them”. That’s a huge percentage of what’s left in our world and it shouldn’t be happening. On a more positive note, let’s move on but shout out sequioas, we will see you one day. I think that’s exciting.
Michael: So the next one is a ginkgo biloba. We might be pronouncing these so wrong and I apologize. G-I-N-K-G-O biloba. It’s commonly known as a Ginkgo tree or a Maidenhair tree and it’s native to China. It honestly looks just like a giant Christmas tree.
Andrea: It looks like a little fan, the leaves look like little ballerina tutus. They’re very cute, little fan dresses, leafs, they’re very cute. It is a beautiful tree- OO, look at the yellow one. Do you see that?
Michael: Is that like in the fall? It changes?
Andrea: I feel like i’ve seen it somewhere. This is in Japan or something, maybe, I believe.
Michael: It’s beautiful.
Andrea: Yes. There’s this place in the Chinese Zhongnan Mountains. Every autumn thousands of people flock to this 1400 year old ginkgo biloba tree to watch it shed it’s golden gown. Wow and it looks like it’s painting the ground with yellow, the leaves are so bright.
Michael: Oh wow.
Andrea: It’s huge. 1400 years old
Michael: 1400? Wow. And it’s in China?
Michael: that’s really cool. It looks like there’s literally a fence all around it so they don’t even let people go near the tree at that point which is cool. If you have thousands of people going there it’s going to damage the tree and the roots and stuff like that, so that’s amazing.
Andrea: Shoutout to gingko biloba. Beautiful. That’s another. I’ll add that to the list of picturesque trees.
Michael: We gotta see. Definitely, that’s a top three so far?
Michael: There’s some that are unique for why they look so weird, and then there’s some for like the colours and the atmosphere of it. It’s so cool to see the differences.
The next one is actually called Joshua Tree. I’ll be honest, I think- I originally thought Joshua Tree was one tree. Like it’s just one tree that’s a famous tree that people go and visit. You know? Like, Niagara Falls they go to that one fall. It’s not. It’s like a group- it’s just the name of a tree, and there’s a national park all around it.
Andrea: But there’s also a type of tree- a type of plant. Like, you have to look up “Joshua Tree plant”. It’s a euca plant.
Michael: But that tree is in Joshua National Park. It’s all in it.
Andrea: I would hope so. I mean I’d be kind’ve disappointed if it wasn’t. Very cool. It looks like a sparse, evergreen tree. It’s just a tree that’s bare except the tips of the branches have needles on it.
Michael: I think it’s so unique that a tree can be made and grown in only one very, very micro area in the whole world. Literally, just from this map the natural range in the U.S., is literally just three states there. Then after that it doesn’t grow in any other places, it’s not in any other parts of the world apparently. Isn’t that crazy? It just says, “California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada”. A bit of Mexico but besides that it’s no where else in the world. If we destroy those trees there’s nothing else left of it.
Andrea: I’m trying to find an interesting fact on this.
Michael: I think one of the most interesting fact is just that there’s a cool national park around it. If I can be honest it just goes to show, America finally said, “You know what? We need to protect this area. We need to protect these kinds of trees. We need to actually make it a place where people in California, people in Utah and all these places can go and actually see nature and enjoy the outdoors. I think that’s great shout out to whoever made these national park services
Andrea: It says that they’re crucial to the eco-system of the Mojave desert. They provide food and habitat to local species. Additionally new research is indicating that the trees are being negatively impacted by climate change. So that’s why they’re protecting it with the national park. Shout out to Joshua trees we will protect you.
Michael: Maybe there’s a project we can do in it in the future. Joshua, we will reach out to you, thank you so much.
Andrea: Mr. Tree.
Michael: Thank you Mr. Tree. I appreciate it. Alright, the next one- I don’t even know what number we’re at now.
Andrea: The next one is called a dwarf willow.
Michael: Dwarf. D-W-A-R-F Willow, W-I-L-L-O-W. Interesting. ‘Cause I know what a willow tree is. Is this just like a mini tree?… Are we even sure it’s a tree? It looks like a plant.
Andrea: It’s a shrub.
Michael: A shrub. Okay. It is one of the smallest of woody plants.
Andrea: Oo! It’s the smallest tree in the world! Interesting!
Michael: I don’t know… Can you call it a tree if it only grows one to six centimeters?
Andrea: What defines “a tree”?
Michael: It’s half an inch to two and a half inches in height. I feel like if you can accidentally step on it and kill it, it shouldn’t be a tree. But I’m okay with calling it a tree I don’t know what makes it a tree.
Andrea: A tree is a woody, perennial plant typically having a single stem, or trunk, growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground… It says it’s the smallest tree in the world! It’s one of the world’s smallest creeping willow plants that belong to a Salicaceae family and the order of- I can’t even try and pronounce that.
Michael: Try it. Try it. You gotta pronounce it.
Andrea: Malpighiales. But they are found in the sub-Arctic. Maybe that’s why they’re so small. It takes a lot for trees to grow.
Michael: It says it even has fruits so I don’t know how it produces fruit.
Andrea: *laughs* that is crazy. Imagine people farming this and once a year this farmer has to come around and crouch-
Michael: That’s her eating it right here.
Andrea: That is insane.
Michael: It’s got one bite. Why would you eat it? *laughs*
Andrea: It is a morsel of a berry.
Michael: What I like is in this title of this article, they wrote “Arguably, the World’s Tiniest Tree,” Like, who’s arguing with this? Is somebody out the other way? “No! Get them out of it!”
Andrea: I’m sure some people are really passionate about it.
Michael: I’m curious what’s the smallest tree. It might be this one. Our research is literally two minutes of this, guys. So don’t believe us whether this is a tree or not… Talk to a real horticulturalist.
Andrea: That’s a good tree.
Michael: We’re literally just checking out, “GoBotany.com” like, I have no idea, you know?
Andrea: Google is our friend today.
Michael: Thank you Google, Wikipedia. Shout out Internet. Helping us out.
Andrea: So the next tree we have is called a Mangrove Tree.
Michael: Mangrove Tree. Okay.
Andrea: This sounds also familiar.
Michael: I’ve seen these actually. I’ve got to see them in Florida. You know, we are in a bunch of stores in Florida and I think it’s really cool to see how many shops are opening there. I’ve had the chance to visit a couple times-
Andrea: Look at the root systems.
Michael: Yeah it’s beautiful. The roots of these mangrove trees hold the nutrients in too because a lot of times the actual water recedes and the roots are able to hold into the ground. What’s also interesting is I think they can survive in brackish water. So it’s a lot of water and a lot of salt. Just because it’s from the ocean nearby.
Andrea: That is a beautiful tree given the circumstances that it lives in.
Michael: It’s just doing its best like all of us. I think that’s a really good analogy for life. It’s holding on for dear life, tornados, hurricanes. It’s literally just trying to live its life and grow the best it can.
Andrea: I feel like it probably must provide a lot of shelter for little animals; turtles and stuff like that.
Michael: Even just fish going around it, they can hide from other larger fish inside. So what happens if we kill all the mangrove trees? Then all the fish get frigged up there and it really becomes an issue over time. It’s all a full ecosystem so it’s really really interesting. Yeah and it lives in a lot of swamps so there’s crocodiles too.
Andrea: Shout out to mangroves that’s a good tree.
Michael: That’s a cool tree. Mangroves. It’s unique. It’s in Florida, many other places too but, maybe you’ll see it in your backyard one day who knows?
Michael: The next tree is called a Kapok tree, or a, ceiba pentandra. It’s a tropical tree. I’m totally saying this wrong, everybody, I apologize. K-A-P-O-K tree. Never heard of it before but it looks like a big tree. It’s from Honolulu and other more tropical places like, tropical Asia, it says.
Andrea: That looks insane.
Michael: What’s unique about it to you?
Andrea: It’s just towering above everything around it.
Michael: Oh wow.
Andrea: It says it grows up to two hundred feet or something. Growing as much as 13 feet per year.
Michael: Holy! 13 feet a year! That’s like a whole new tree the next year.
Andrea: Could you imagine if humans when they hit that growth spurt in life, like, that’s what it was.
Michael: Just in percentage wise, it’s like “Yo, this guy just grew 20%”
Andrea: Wow, it is a beautiful tree.
Michael: I also think it’s really unique that they have a bunch of- their leaves are unique too. Even on the stem, or on the wood, they’ve got these spikes which I’ve never really seen before, that’s so unique. And even the actual I guess seeds, or whatever, are also unique. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Why is it always the tropical areas that have these uniquely growing trees? Where here, we’ve just got the birch that’s just normal. Is it the cold temperature?
Andrea: I think it’s that coastal areas have more access to nutrients from the water and stuff like that.
Michael: Oh interesting.
Andrea: And it might affect the chemical balance of the soil that the plants grow in. It could be a bit more diverse because they have a lot of stuff coming from the ocean.
Michael: That’s a good point. Having more nutrients.
Andrea: I don’t know, I’m totally guessing. I just feel like it’s a different environment versus growing in a central continental area.
Michael: That’s a great point yeah, like you need more nutrients and it’s cold here so they’re literally just storing all the energy they can and trying to grow up.
Andrea: Beautiful places have beautiful trees.
Michael: But imagine in Canada there’s just this tree that has spikes on the side of it like that, it’d be cool.
Andrea: Shout out to this tree. Kapok tree. Okay next we have the Acacia tree. I know about this tree there is a resin, or sap, I believe.
Michael: It’s where they make maple syrup? No.
Michael: The mimosa tree! This is named after one of our favourite drinks, I guess? The mimosa… It’s also known as the Umbrella tree. See! Look how many names there are. The Mimosa tree, Umbrella tree, people name these trees whatever they want.
Michael: I feel like because it’s in Africa and other places where it’s sweltering hot, it literally is an umbrella. You get to have-
Andrea: Yeah that’s what it says. Acacias in Australia probably evolved their fire resistance about 20 million years ago when fossilized charcoal deposits show a large increase. Indicating that fire was a factor even then. With no major mountains regions or rivers to prevent their spread, the wattles began to spread all over the continent as it dried and fires became more common. Very interesting.
Michael: One thing I think that’s super cool about this tree. I think i’ve seen this on BBC Network or whatever. David Attenborough has definitely talked about this tree.
Andrea: Oh it’s very picturesque.
Michael: What is super funny about it is that it purposely grows higher than giraffes and animals so that they can’t eat it, right? So all the vegetation is actually high up. So imagine that there’s a giraffe that’s already 20 feet high, or I don’t know how tall giraffes are. This tree must be growing it’s leaves so high! Look how pissed this giraffe is! He’s hungry, he can’t eat and then the tree’s just adapted around him so that it’s too tall for a giraffe so. It’s really cool to see how trees adapt to their environment. Like the mangrove tree grows into this brackish water. This is so high up just so animals can’t eat it.
Andrea: Beautiful tree.
Michael: Shout out to trees. I think if people were more like trees the world would be a better place. Adapt to your surroundings. Be nicer to people, everyone… Well, truthfully guys, we’re at the point of our podcast where we would actually have a sponsor. But, we own our own podcast so we do not need sponsors, so today’s sponsor is brought to you by Eco Four Twenty!
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Andrea: Shout out to Eco Four Twenty.
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Andrea: Do you wanna try the cookie?
Michael: Let’s do that.
Andrea: Do you wanna do that? Okay.
Michael: The cookie’s now. What I’m excited about this is it’s actually a festive cookie. As you know, it’s November 2nd, so Christmas is coming up apparently. We’re skipping Black Friday and people are going straight out to Christmas decorations. I’ve seen some at Walmart and Loblaws literally putting out Christmas stuff. We have one from Slow Ride Bakery and it’s called “Festive Sprinkle Sugar Cookie,”
Andrea: That sounds good.
Michael: That’s exciting. We’ll see how it goes.
Andrea: I appreciate a soft cookie. When it’s packaged.
Michael: To be able to make a cookie that is packaged well, soft, it’s also like- you have to have it soon rather than it goes stale and what’s cool about this is, October 7th. Literally last month, that we had it. It has sprinkles in it, and it’s just like the colours of Christmas. I mean, it’s green, white, and red.
Andrea: It looks pretty soft. Honestly, I’m a fan of sugar cookies I feel like they package a lot better than other ones.
Michael: Break it in half. Thank you.
Andrea: Happy birthday Michael.
Michael: Happy birthday. Cheers!
Andrea: Shout out to Matthew McC.
Michael: Thank you for sending us that list, Matthew… It tastes like a normal, good cookie. It’s delicious.
Andrea: It’s pretty good.
Michael: Betty Crocker is gonna have a run for her money.
Andrea: Definitely. It’s very soft.
Michael: It tastes like egg. Do you taste the egg? Or like, the butteriness?
Andrea: Yeah, I do. That’s the sugar cookie though.
Michael: Like a pancake.
Andrea: Yeah it’s the sugar. You know the Pillsbury cookies?
Michael: Yeah, like a Pillsbury cookie!
Andrea: That’s exactly what it is. It’s just the style of dough, I think. Oh, it’s so nice that it’s soft because sometimes when you overcook a cookie it’s hard.
Michael: That’s good.
Andrea: Yeah, this is nice. It’s like a Chips Ahoy.
Michael: I don’t know why they call it Slow Ride Bakery because we ate it very fast… Enriched All-Purpose White Flour, and then they used all vegetable ingredients, that’s cool. And we get one gram of protein, so, if you need to get your 50 grams of protein just eat 50 cookies.
Andrea: Oh, Michael. We’re definitely getting our gains today.
Michael: This is all about weights. Workout.
Michael: Thank you so much to all of our companies that let us eat their food.
Andrea: Amazing. It was cool! I mean, I’ve never really just sat down and tried them and thought about-
Michael: Had a cookie.
Andrea: Yeah it was nice. Good experience.
Michael: Now that we’re in the Christmas mood with the festive cookie, let’s do more trees? Are you okay with that?
Andrea: Let’s hop into it.
Michael: We can talk about some fun tree facts, so. Honestly, even the names of these trees are unique and something I’ve never really seen before. Angel Oak. This is a tree that’s actually named after Angels in the Oak Field, in California, I believe… I’m just making that up, I have no idea!
Andrea: I will take you literally. Wow, it looks like a Disney villain.
Michael: What’s unique about this tree, atleast from what I see, is that it’s branches are extremely long. It says one of the longest branches can be 187 feet.
Andrea: Oh wow. That’s like the height of another tree.
Michael: Wait, okay. I might be wrong. It’s actually one tree.
Michael: Angel Oak is the name of a famous tree, that’s why. It’s a type of tree.
Andrea: Oh, it’s located in a park? The named it?
Michael: Yeah, okay so, Angel Oak is the name of a tree called Southern Live Oak, but it’s in Angel Oak Park. So I guess they just called it Angel Oak Tree.. So maybe it was named after an angel.
Andrea: Oh, it’s named after the state of the guy.
Michael: There’s ghosts in it. Appearing as angels around the tree. Despite the claims that the tree is the oldest of the Mississippi, there are older ones. So it’s not the oldest.
Andrea: It survived a hurricane in 1989.
Michael: That’s really cool. A tree can be severely damaged and still recover through that.
Andrea: I would say ten out of ten on spooky.
Michael: I’m glad we’re doing it near Christmas time, that’s basically-
Andrea: Yeah, during Halloween?
Michael: Halloween, sorry! I get them mixed up sorry.
Andrea: They’re so close together but yeah, it’s definitely a ten out of ten on spooky. It’s pretty cool. It’s a really spooky looking tree, I mean.
Michael: I love when trees, like, big trees like this can just be in- for the public! It’s not for one person to take, you know? They’re all in national parks, they’re all in public parks here, where everybody in South Carolina can actually go out and enjoy it. That’s one cool thing about nature, whereas if you do art, or if you love high-quality pieces of other things, you’re not gonna share it with people. These people just keep their art in their mansions, and they don’t share this beauty, but the beauty of trees is out there in nature, everybody gets to enjoy it.
Andrea: Try and stop me from appreciating this tree!
Michael: Yeah! These millionaires are NOT gonna stop us from enjoying Angel Oak and everything so, that’s really cool about trees.
Andrea: Next one we have the Tibetan Cherry tree. This looks interesting.
Michael: Does it make cherries?.. Wow!
Andrea: Okay wait, don’t spoil it.
Michael: I’ll wait, i’ll wait. Get some cool photos. I’ve never seen a tree like that.
Andrea: What?! Ooo! That’s a cool tree! It looks like… What even is that?
Michael: I think it’s also known as a Copper Birch tree? So it’s got these thin, blade-like marks, but it looks like small cuts all over the tree, that make it from red and gold together
Andrea: It’s literally like a birch tree but shiny red, cherry red. I’ve never seen that in my entire life. That is a beautiful tree.
Michael: I kind’ve want that one instead of a Silver birch. Get out of the way Silver birch, get a good mix in there.
Andrea: Oh my gosh, this is beautiful. This is like when you get your car wrapped.
Michael: *laughs* Are we sure that this isn’t a Silver birch with a guy just pouring red paint everywhere on it?
Andrea: I have to be suspicious of colours now.
Michael: All these countries are just trying to make up new trees, to make them, “Look how unique this is, we’re popular!”
Andrea: “This is the blue birch.”
Michael: “I swear! I swear it was gold yesterday.” I don’t think there’s any cherries on it, does it make cherries?
Andrea: No, I don’t think birch trees make fruit. I could be wrong. I think it’s the colour that’s why it’s called that.
Michael: It looks like a cherry, yeah. Very, very cool. Shoutout Tibetan Cherry tree.
Andrea: Oo yeah, beautiful tree!
Michael: Alright, so next we’re gonna look up, it’s called the “Strangler Fig”. Strangler like S-T-R-A-N-G-L-E-R.
Andrea: I guess we got another spooky tree.
Michael: Yeah like horror trees, maybe?.. What! This is a tree that strangles other trees? Like it actually kills other trees, what?!
Andrea: Oh no! Oh, Michael! Look at the photos!
Michael: Oh my god!
Andrea: That looks like a monstrosity.
Michael: It’s like murdering the other tree!
Andrea: We have to put a stop to this tree homicide.
Michael: Trees! Why you gotta be like people and fight each other? Can’t you just be nice?
Andrea: Oh my gosh, look at how complex it looks. It’s a beautiful tree, it looks like it just has strings of wood that’s like compiling the bark, the trunk of the tree.
Michael: That’s so unique. It literally looks like it’s growing in a circular pattern
Andrea: They provide food and protection within their habitats, so they’re not just a tree killer, Michael.
Michael: Another thing that’s actually unique is it says, “Some scientists have found that these large strangler trees, during large storms they’re actually more likely to survive because they’re surrounded by that tree, rather than the ones that weren’t. So technically they would’ve been uprooted in a storm because these trees are maybe ones that might be more weak, but because the strangler tree goes around it, it’s literally like it’s own support system, helping. It does say more work needs to be done on it but it does appear that hosting these parasitic figs does have some benefits so, it’s kind’ve unique. The symbiotic relationship we were talking about
Andrea: It’s a very spooky name but cool tree, shoutout. Next one we have is a Sakura tree…Oo! There’s one of these on my street!
Michael: That’s beautiful!
Andrea: They’re cherry blossoms.
Michael: I do think that Japan has sent a lot to Toronto. There’s this whole-
Andrea: I think it’s High Park.
Michael : They call it, Cherry Blossom democracy where they literally donate these trees all around the world and people get to see these- one of the most beautiful. Ten out of ten! It’s my favourite.
Andrea: There’s one on my street. It’s for a couple weeks a year and then it just starts to shed the leaves, or the flowers. But it smells too, it smells amazing.
Michael: What does it smell like to you?
Andrea: It’s a very sweet and floral, and warm and fresh. If you could bottle the smell of a flower. The essence of it. It’s amazing.
Michael: I bet you could- I think they do in perfume as well. Like the blossom part. Probably.
Andrea: It’s unreal.
Michael: If you are ever able to see a cherry blossom during the actual sprouting season when it becomes bright pink. Highly recommend. That’s the coolest videos I’ve ever seen and these aren’t even edited photos they’re just bright pink. So I know, like you said, High Park has hundreds of them? Dozens of them atleast. I think this year they’re done now but it does come late fall I believe. I’m not exactly sure look it up before you go.
Andrea: It says, “Many wild species and cultivars bloom from March to April in the northern hemisphere.”
Michael: March to April yeah, so just the short period of time but-
Andrea: Shout out to March, April. I guess those are the only two months.
Michael: Thank you for hosting cherry blossoms, those are very good.
Andrea: Yes, thank you.
Michael: I mean in Canada, besides March and April, we’re basically in winter all the time in Canada.
Andrea: It’s a nice way to introduce spring. You go through six months of misery and then you’re invited back into the warmth by the cherry blossoms.
Michael: Thank you! And then they’re gone two weeks later. That’s okay.
Andrea: Nice while it lasted.
Michael: Thank you sakura tree, that was really cool. Cherry blossoms. Yeah, now the next one we have is called “Pine trees of the crooked forest”. So, I’ve never heard that but we’re going really spooky I think Matthew McC has a good spooky list.
Andrea: Oh! Those are crazy! It looks weird.
Michael: It is like-
Andrea: It looks like hooks.
Michael: It looks like as if fish hooks were growing into the ground? It’s so unique, I’ve never seen a tree like that, but.
Andrea: Why does it grow like that?
Michael: Like… people need to sit down. Where else are you going to sit? You can’t sit on a normal tree.
Andrea: Nature’s seat.
Michael: Crooked forest, you will sit there. These are unique trees, just like upside down fish hooks, kind’ve.
Andrea: It’s four hundred- the crooked forest comprises about four hundred pine trees with a 90 degree bend at their base. Mostly northward- Yeah! They’re all facing the same way, too!
Andrea: Mostly northward. Then curving back to grow straight up. These curved trees are enveloped by a large forest of straight growing pine trees. No one knows for sure what caused them to grow in this weird form. That’s super crooked!
Michael: How crazy is it that we are flying to the moon, we are flying to space, and we don’t know why these things are growing in that certain way. They’re just like, “Oh, I guess that’s why trees grow,”
Andrea: I mean, I don’t have an answer for it and I mean, that’s crazy that they grow the same way.
Michael: They’re all doing it. Kind’ve like, you know, you can see- if you see the way green grows on a tree you can know which way is north or east or something? I’m not perfect at it but, just like that if you know it’s north, look for the crooked forest and you can see that tree going north.
Andrea: And this is in Poland.
Michael: Is it only in Poland, too?
Andrea: Yeah. I think it’s a very specific forest in Poland.
Michael: Alright everybody, if you are lost in Poland and you see these crooked trees, know that they only point north so you’ll know which way to go, hopefully. Thank you so much, shout out crooked forest.
Andrea: Shout out to Poland and the crooked forest.
Michael: That was really cool.
Andrea: It sounds like a band name.
Michael: Pine trees of the crooked forest is a cool name of a band actually.
Andrea: Yeah it is, right?
Michael: This one is unique because it’s got a name called Pisonia, but then in brackets it just says “the bird catcher tree”
Andrea: I don’t know if i want to look this one up..
Michael:: *laughs* What birds are dumb enough to fall into a tree, I don’t know.
Andrea: Let’s see… Nooo! Oh no!
Michael: What? Is it bad?
Andrea: No, there’s actual-
Michael: Is there birds?
Andrea: Does it eat birds? There’s no way.
Andrea: There’s no way.
Michael: How does it eat a bird?
Andrea: There’s a flower that eats the bird?
Michael: There’s a venus fly trap that eats that but
Andrea: Does it really? Hold on. It is a small tree- where is it? Native to New Zealand.
Michael: It says that the seeds attach themselves to the feathers of the small birds and they trap them.
Andrea: Oh is that how the seeds spread?
Michael: Yeah. That’s a unique way but-
Andrea: “The seeds evolved to be transferred on the plumage of sea birds. To distant islands, enabling the long-distance disposal of the species.” That’s very cool. Oh but the birds don’t die.
Michael: Does the bird die? No.
Andrea: No, no.
Michael: So just kind’ve like grabs it, give it a little cuddle and lets it go away, I guess?
Andrea: It’s like, you know burrs?
Michael: No. Oh yeah! The little things that stick to your legs?
Andrea: It’s almost like velcro?
Andrea: Yeah, I think it’s like the same idea as that, like it sticks to animals and stuff like that and then it gets transferred. I don’t think it’s damaging.
Michael: No but it’s such a unique way.
Andrea: Because I think the birds eat the pollen from the flower, probably.
Michael: Yeah. It’s a unique way that they adapt and they’re like, “I basically need to grow and have more babies lets get the seeds somewhere.”
Andrea: And how else would you transfer seeds on an island? When it’s just island? You have to do it across islands.
Michael: Through birds!
Andrea: The answer is always birds.
Michael: That’s so cool!
Andrea: Shout out to birds.
Michael: And if we kill birds, there’s no trees that will be dispersed that’s just another example of the circular eco-system. Guys, let’s stop cutting down trees please, that would be very cool if we don’t do that.
Michael: Next one is called, Sandbox Tree. So, I know what a sandbox is I don’t know-
Michael: This has nothing to do with a real sandbox! Wow!
Michael: This is a dangerous sandbox.
Andrea: I don’t like looking at it. This is a zero out of ten for me. The spurge family.
Michael: I mean, when I Google’d it the first thing that came up is the world’s creepiest trees.
Andrea: Yeah! That’s literally what it looks like. “Native to tropical regions of North and South America including the Amazon rainforest”. It looks like it’s covered in thorns, I guess?
Michael: It says, “Spikes full of poison and it grows exploding fruits.” The fruit looks like little pumpkins but they explode with a loud bang and their seeds go up to 150 miles per hour.
Andrea: Shut up.
Michael: I’m reading it! Look, it’s what it says! I don’t believe it either.
Andrea: That sounds like a meme.
Michael: It literally says, “The real life RPG”
Andrea: No way! Dynamite tree.
Michael: Imagine the fruit would explode. It’s only when it matures it doesn’t immediately.
Andrea: Imagine the poor fool that had to find that out.
Michael: He climbed this tree full of a hundred spikes, stabbed himself a hundred times.
Andrea: He thought he earned the fruit. The fruits of his labour.
Michael: Finally gets a pumpkin and he’s like, *imitates bite*, and he gets a seed a hundred miles an hour down his throat.
Andrea: Oh my gosh. This is a ten out of ten nightmare tree. Cursed.
Michael: Don’t let your kids play in this sandbox, ‘cause that’s gross. That’ll get poison-like literally, the poison on this tree- look at that. It’s dripping poison.
Andrea: Yeah, it looks literally like-
Michael: There’s some trees you are supposed to cut down and use, like the balboa tree, but not this tree. That’s gross.
Andrea: Yeah, zero out of ten. We like this tree but we will respect it from a distance. Okay, the next tree that we have is a Wax Palm. Let’s see what this. I know what palm trees are. Oh!
Michael: Is it like a palm tree or does it look different?
Andrea: It just looks very interesting. I believe it is a palm tree.
Michael: You gotta try and pronounce the long name of it.
Andrea: No there’s absolutely no way.
Michael: ‘Kay, so I will. It’s called Wax Palm or “Ceroxylon quindiuense”. That’s the tree, also known as Wax Palm.
Andrea: It’s a palm native to the humid montane forests of the Andes in Colombia and Northern Peru.
Michael: I’ve seen a beautiful photo of this, where it’s just like, it looks like windmills in a tree.
Andrea: It just looks like if a palm tree was more like a pompom. Pompom vibe. It’s so tall, why is it so tall?
Michael: Imagine if there’s one or two coconuts up there and you really need to get it.
Andrea: That’s hilarious. The double coconut.
Michael: *laughs* The double coconut! Would you climb one hundred feet in the air for the double coconut? I don’t know.
Andrea: *laughs* The things you would do. How tall does it grow? That’s my question. Wow, even as high as two hundred feet.
Michael: Two hundred feet. I would not climb that.
Andrea: It is the tallest recorded monocot in the world. What’s a monocot?
Michael: Imagine someone sitting under that tree and the coconut falls on their head. Just like a normal coconut would fall on your head but it’s the double coconut falling on your head?
Andrea: Oh that’s the worst.
Michael: Two hundred feet, you’re dead.
Andrea: Yeah, that’s like a projectile.
Michael: “How did he die?”, “Oh, sitting under a coconut tree. Sitting under a wax palm tree that’s two hundred feet up”
Andrea: Who’s the guy that- imagine if Isaac Newton, instead of an apple or something it was a double coconut. He’d be knocked unconscious.
Michael: Unconscious, like “Oh is he okay?”, “No, he’s dead.”
Andrea: The theory of gravity would’ve never came to be.
Michael: He’s dead. Alright, now actually guys we have only ten trees left because we just went through twenty of them, so what’s really cool is the last final stretch and thanks for listening so far.
Andrea: Thank you.
Michael: It’s really cool to hear us talk about trees and maybe you’ve discovered some trees you want to send us or just discover yourself I think it’s really cool to explore unique trees, there’s millions of species out there in the world. We’re just only telling you thirty right now.
Andrea: Yeah, we’re all learning together.
Michael: The next one is called Dwarf Palmetto. I love trees that are so tiny, like I’ve never known of a tree that’s like six inches or six centimeters.
Andrea: This one looks even cuter!
Michael: Oh! It looks like a palm tree but just, smaller.
Andrea: Yeah, just miniature.
Michael: We can’t grow palm trees in Canada. So basically, we can just grow this inside.
Andrea: South Eastern and South central United States and North Eastern Mexico.
Michael: That’s so unique. Like, if you know what a palm tree is this is just like a mini one so maybe you don’t have as much space but you need to have a small thing like literally it says it can grow three meters in height still. Imagine that like, it’s tiny.
Andrea: Yeah, it’s pretty cool.
Michael: Normal palm trees can grow huge, it’s at the side of the road and everything.
Andrea: Maybe if it's a dwarf palm tree it grows half coconuts.
Michael: *laughs* We got a normal coconut. Double coconut. Half coconut. That’s true.
Andrea: Covering all the bases. That’s a cute palm tree.
Michael: I just think it’s even cool, it says it can even survive minus 21 temperatures, which, I guess in some parts of the U.S., in the night the dessert and stuff, it gets really cold out in the dessert.
Andrea: And the wind.
Michael: So they need to survive that and it just another example, if I’m sitting out in the cold in minus 21 celsius, I’m not making it next year. It’s cool that these trees are thriving and growing in all the temperatures and in all the conditions.
Andrea: Let’s see the next one. The next one is called a weeping willow.
Michael: *pretends to cry*
Michael: Ugh, I don’t know. There’s many willows we’ve seen but-
Andrea: Oh! I’ve seen this one before in person!
Andrea: It is a very- another spooky tree.
Michael: It looks like it’s crying! It literally looks like it’s weeping.
Andrea: It looks very sad. It’s a very large, thick-trunked tree. It’s very tall and wide branching, but the leaves hang almost vertical to the ground, and it just looks very solemn.
Michael: Doesn’t it look like it’s crying?
Michael: It does look weeping. Out of all the trees that don’t look happy, this is this one.
Andrea: It’s very nice though, it’s almost like, you know those umbrella trees?
Andrea: Where it’s high and wide. I remember when I used to walk my dog there was a huge weeping willow where I used to take him and we would sit under it-
Michael: Did you know it was a weeping willow or just today you’re finding out.
Andrea: No, I think I’m semi-familiar with it but I have seen it in person it’s a very beautiful tree.
Michael: That’s amazing.
Andrea: Shout out to the weeping willow.
Michael: We’re able to see unique trees. At first we were making fun of how they name it but, honestly, that’s a good name for this tree. It literally looks like it’s crying. Very cool to be able to do that.
Andrea: I hope one day we can make willow happy.
Michael: Maybe he’ll be a smiley willow soon, one day. We’ll find out. I think this next tree is actually related to that thick baobab tree at the beginning because it does kind’ve look like it, in the same way. So this is called a Boab Prison tree.
Andrea: Oh my- *laughs*
Michael: And it’s got that thick booty, also. I don’t know why. The whole trunk is 14 meters maybe? Girthy.
Andrea: Oh no.
Michael: And it’s called a Boab Prison tree.
Andrea: Oh my gosh, that looks like a gate to the underworld.
Michael: Oh my god! You’re right! I didn’t even see that photo, Andrea! Wow *laughs. Like, you go in there, and there’s just a squirrel like, “Get the heck outta here.”
Michael: That’s where Narnia is, I think,
Andrea: How does that even operate as a tree, it looks like a little house or something there’s no way.
Michael: I think it must be in a park cause they’re not letting people touch that tree.
Andrea: It looks thick as shit.
Michael: Imagine you live 1500 years to be cut down by a team of fifty people, it’s so thick that you need hundreds of people.
Andrea: There is no way.
Michael: 15 meters circular is what that one was.
Andrea: It looks like a tree, but the trunk is almost completely spherical, and inside the middle of the trunk is a crevice- a very dark crevice- that looks like it leads to the deep unknown and it is massive.
Michael: I mean, that’s why it’s called prison, I just realized. It’s kind’ve like being in prison,
Andrea: That’s the cell.
Michael: If it was hollow, like you can go in and put a little camp thing, would you camp there?
Andrea: I think that’s what hobbits do. Like, I’m pretty sure that’s what the hobbit set is, yeah. So, they’re obviously onto something.
Michael: Also, this is actually one tree. This isn’t a type of tree. Just so we’re finding this out. It actually might be that same tree now that we see it. But, this is one that’s named after a legend- like it’s a tourist attraction right now. It says, “It’s now protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act in Australia.” So, it’s actually a tree in Australia, in Derby, Australia, so. Unique! Very cool, I was actually in Western Australia before but I never had a chance to see that tree. Maybe one day in the future.
Michael: The next tree is called a Bottle Tree. B-O-T-T-L-E Tree. Never heard of this before, but I like water.
Andrea: Love that.
Michael: Does it look like a water bottle? We’ll have to find out.
Andrea: Is it the trunk? It’s the trunk.
Michael: It kind’ve looks like a bottle. Yeah! Don’t you think, that looks like a bottle?
Andrea: It looks like a Swell bottle.
Michael: It does! Swell, you’re gonna get copied.
Andrea: Am I looking at the right one? Let me see that.
Michael: I think it looks like a similar one.
Andrea: Wait, which one’s that?
Michael: This is the largest bottle tree, though. So it’s one of the larger ones, but it’s the same type. That one is in Roma, Queensland.
Andrea: Oh oh, I see it, I see it.
Michael: Number two, yeah. But there’s also smaller ones. I guess like, we just went for the biggest one.
Andrea: Oh, like it’s this photo here. That kind’ve does look like a Swell bottle.
Michael: It does look like a bottle!
Andrea: Yeah, it does. That’s very interesting, it has a thick trunk and then suddenly it narrows like a funnel to the top where the leaves are.
Michael: I like how I’m Googling bottle tree and it’s actually trees of people putting physical bottles on leaves. That’s not the same kind of tree, guys. That’s a different one. Make sure you Google the one with the real- Like, it actually looks like a bottle.
Andrea: We want nature’s bottles.
Michael: Doesn’t that look like a bottle?
Andrea: Yeah, it does.
Michael: That looks like a bottle. Pretty cool. Swell, too! Like, literally the Swell bottle with just the top.
Michael: I think, in the same way, the tree adapted to not get its leaves eaten. Because if you have leaves growing low and you’re in an African area where giraffes can eat high up, you need to be high up or else all these animals will just reach out and eat it.
Andrea: And elephants and stuff.
Michael: All of it! Yeah, you gotta be like fifty feet up to protect yourself, I think. But even down here- look, that’s a human right there, that’s like 8 feet.
Andrea: Super thick
Michael: The leaves must be atleast 20 feet up in the air. So I just think that’s really cool and unique.
Andrea: Shoutout to the Bottle tree.
Michael: Thank you Bottle tree.
Andrea: Very interesting. Next, we have the Lacebark tree. This could be cool. Nice interesting design, we haven’t seen anything like that
Michael: Lace? Yeah I haven’t seen anything colourful, let’s see if it is. Native to Eastern Australia.
Andrea: I guess it peels? And it kind’ve looks like.. Oh! That’s a good photo.
Michael: Is it the bark that’s unique on it, I guess?
Andrea: Yeah, I think so. It peels and then underneath it kind’ve reveals this orange-
Michael: Oh wow, very unique… Does it hurt the tree, though? I hate loving a tree where all if it’s just being peeled like that. But, it’s still really cool.
Andrea: I could be wrong but do I believe that sometimes they annually shed, or every so often, they shed their bark or- let me read about it.
Michael: It’ll make room for new skin, kind’ve, like new bark.
Andrea: Yeah, it’s a common name for several plants with an interlaced-like layer of inner bark.
Michael: Very cool!
Andrea: Native to Eastern Australia.
Michael: Basically the bark is revealing colours underneath the tree, so you get to see bright oranges, you get to see bright greens like, very unique of a tree. Ornamental bark. It kind’ve looks like you can just peel them off and use them to start a fire easily, if you need. I don’t know if it’ll hurt the tree, though. I don’t think you should.
Andrea: Did you know cinnamon is a bark?
Michael: I did not know that. It comes from a tree?
Andrea: Yeah. Like they shave it from a tree. They shave it.
Andrea: Yeah the barks from a tree, I’m being one hundred percent honest right now.
Michael: Alright guys, we are doing 31 trees here because we need to learn about cinnamon as well. Thank you Lacebark. You brought us to cinnamon. Okay, cinnamon tree… What? That’s how cinnamon grows?!
Michael: It literally looks like a giant cinnamon stick.
Andrea: Oh yeah.
Michael: Look at it! *laughs*
Andrea: Oh no, Michael. I think that’s photoshopped. Is that Photoshopped? No, there’s no way.
Michael: That’s the tree! That’s from iStock.
Andrea: Is that peeled?!
Michael: That’s when it’s already peeled, yeah.
Andrea: No! It literally does look like a giant cinnamon stick! How is that not photoshopped?!
Michael: It must be!
Andrea: There’s no way.
Michael: This looks more like a baby cinnamon one. See, like it’s not thick. But yeah, just like that.
Andrea: This looks Photoshopped.
Andrea: It’s the same photo so many times, it’s real!
Michael: And is it a tree or a plant?
Andrea: Okay, cinnamon is- I think it’s a tree. And then the cinnamon that we grind up and use is the bark that people peel off and then dry.
Michael: So we are literally like putting that in our tea and our coffee, interesting. I learned something new everyday. I’m learning so much from you, Andrea. That’s so cool. Cinnamon tree. I mean I’ve had cinnamon hundreds of times in my life and I never knew so.
Andrea: Now we’re more grateful. Grateful for your spices and your herbs, people.
Michael: Thank you cinnamon. That’s really really cool. 5 trees left, let’s go!
Andrea: Let’s do it.
Michael: So the next one, the fifth tree, is Magnolia tree. So, I’ve never heard of this tree, but. Magnolia sounds cool. Beautiful flowers.
Andrea: That’s a very nice tree.
Michael: It is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol- Magnolia! So thank you Magnol.
Andrea: Shoutout to Pierre.
Michael: Appearing before bees evolved, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles.
Michael: So it actually started being pollinated by beetles before bees. This tree was alive before bees. That’s crazy. I might be wrong, I just read that on Wikipedia.
Andrea: So it existed and then bees existed? And bees were like, “We should exist to pollinate that because it looks so good.”
Michael: Like bees overtook the beetles and were like, “Beetles, you guys can’t even fly that we'll get out of the way.”, and then bees kill everything.
Andrea: *laughs* this is our territory now.
Michael: They just took it over. Apparently they did it before.
Andrea: That’s fair.
Michael: Like it says it’s an ancient genus, which means it thousands, millions of years old, it’s so cool how old this tree is.
Andrea: I bet it smells delicious, it looks like it smells amazing.
Michael: Magnolia… I swear we’ve seen flowers from it, right? Maybe like just even in our grocery store we’ve seen that kind’ve stuff so, that’s really cool. It looks very pink.
Andrea: Yeah, shout out to the Magnolia tree.
Michael: I think it would be really cool to do that. The next one is Silk Cotton tree. I feel like it might be silk, it might be smooth… Wait, didn’t we see this tree before?
Michael: Kapok tree? It might be.
Andrea: Oh I guess it is this tree.
Michael: Alright guys, we got one duplicate but that’s okay because we added cinnamon. So we’re back to 30.
Andrea: Yeah, that’s true.
Michael: We told you 30, Eco Four Twenty delivers on their promises. The Kapok tree is also known as the Silk Cotton tree, that we did earlier.
Andrea: There we go, one of the many, bajillion names that every tree has for itself.
Michael I think it’s so funny how we discovered how many new names they have for trees. It’s really funny.
Andrea: And I feel like they’re usually, if you look at it, it’s kind’ve self-explanatory. When you break it down.
Michael: Yeah, Weeping Willow. Like, that makes sense.
Andrea: Like, oh, that does look like a prison.
Michael: I think in another podcast it would be interesting to talk about a story where two scientists are arguing, like “No, this is what we’re calling it,” “No! This is what we’re gonna call it.” We’ll find a famous story of two people arguing of what it should be named and stuff. Is that called the Silk Cotton Tree? What is it called, who knows? We don’t know yet, or is it the Kapok tree, so I think that’s really unique.
Michael: We’ll just go down to the last three. Jackfruit tree.
Andrea: Okay, I know jackfruit.
Michael: I don’t think I’ve ever had a jackfruit in my life.
Andrea: I believe, isn’t it durian? Or I could be wrong, it might be a separate thing.
Michael: Oh, could be.
Andrea: No, it’s just called jackfruit.
Michael: It’s the same species as fig, mulberry and breadfruit. It looks big though, as a fruit. I’ve never seen this fruit in my life, this is so unique.
Andrea: In about three or four years of planting you can expect jackfruit tree to produce harvestable fruit. That’s how long it takes to grow a fruit. A jackfruit.
Michael: Wow! But look how big these fruits are, it’s taking over the whole tree.
Andrea: Oh wow. That’s a good yield.
Michael: It’s like ten coconuts. There’s so many seeds on it.
Andrea: That’s a return on investment if I ever saw one.
Michael: We gotta look up a Durian tree now, I’m just curious. We gotta add it too, can we go back to 31? Is that okay?
Andrea: Yeah let me see what this one is.
Michael: Durian tree.
Andrea: It, no. It does look different.
Michael: It does look similar, no I think you’re right, too, it looks close.
Andrea: But it’s not the same thing.
Michael: It’s not exact- no, it’s not the same type of tree. The seeds look similar.
Andrea: I think this one-
Michael: Look at that tree.
Andrea: Yeah, this one’s spiky.
Michael: Why do we get such small seeds in Canada and in all these cool tropical places the seeds are like, triple coconut
Andrea: I just feel like they get so much sun
Michael: Warm climate.
Andrea: They get sun like 8 or 10 months a year or something like that, probably more.
Michael: Our trees are just trying to survive the winter.
Andrea: Barely. All the needles and stuff.
Michael: *laughs* They’re so cold with all the ice and everything they just can’t survive, I think it’s really cool that they’re able to do that.
Andrea: Evergreens are going strong here, that’s why we love them. Christmas trees.
Michael: And they are always green, I like that.
Michael: Okay, down to the two. The second last one we have is called Carob tree, not carrot, carob. C-A-R-O-B. Carob tree. Never heard of this tree either, so I think it’s really cool we get to see, just unique names of trees… This… Looks like a snake.
Andrea: Oh? It’s purple.
Michael: The flower. That is so cool.
Andrea: The roots I think? Oh no, these are seeds, I guess? Seed pods?
Michael: Yeah, like the tree just looks normal. It has green, just like a normal green tree. But the actual seed pods look like raisins or snakes or something. Like long, dried up raisins, shrivelled. That’s unique, I’ve never seen that.
Michael: Could be these too, and just put them in your backyard.
Andrea: It looks like it would taste kind’ve good. No, it’s ornamental I get that, but… Oh! It’s edible pods!
Michael: They do eat it!
Andrea: Wildly cultivated for its edible pods. That’s very cool.
Michael: Even just the fact that it can grow 55 feet. Like that’s a huge canopy.
Andrea: Mhm, would you eat that?
Michael: I don’t know. I’ve never eaten it myself. Do you think it’s been in our food without us knowing? Just cut up maybe?
Andrea: Oh! Listen, “the carob is actually a legume, the rich, flavourful carob seed pod is edible and often processed and used as a substitute for chocolate.”
Michael: I bet you we’ve eaten it without knowing. You know, like it’s just in one of the ingredients we’ve had, like they’ll chop it up and put it in a powder or something with the rest of the food. That’s really cool. Just in the Mediterranean climate so it has to be much warmer weather to get unique trees like that, like we don’t get that in Canada so.
Andrea: No we don’t.
Michael: Very very cool.
Andrea: Okay, down to the last tree! Do I announce it? Birthday boy?
Michael: Yeah you got it, you got it.
Andrea: Okay so the last one is-
Michael: Thank you for spending my birthday doing it.
Andrea: Yes this was fun, cool tree rating. This is the Cycad tree. C-Y-C-A-D. Let’s see what this one looks like… That’s a pretty cool tree.
Michael: It looks like pineapple tree, but then it only grows like this giant thing?
Andrea: *gasps* Wow! Is that how pineapple grows?
Michael: Yeah! Like a pineapple grows one above it, I believe.
Andrea: Is it like that, does it look like that? Or does it look like that.
Michael: Similar. It’s kind’ve like that but bigger.
Andrea: Wow! What is this famous for?
Michael: It just says, “Is this the world’s loneliest tree?”
Andrea: Oh, that’s sad.
Michael: Why are we ending on a lonely note? I think that was just one kind of Cicad.
Andrea: It’s very interesting.
Michael: It says, “There’s a lot of confusion with palm trees as well” *laughs* It’s confused for palm trees a lot.
Andrea: But there’s just one cone that is just growing in the centre, at the top, I’ve never seen that before. Maybe that’s why it’s lonely?
Michael: Oh it could be that! That’s why it’s lonely, like it’s only one seed.
Michael: It’s in a lot of places, it’s in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Southern Africa, America, Australia,
Andrea: Interesting. “Cicads have been reported to fix Nitrogen in association with various cyanobacteria living in the roots.” Wow, it actually cleans the soil that could affect humans if humans ate it. It like fixed the soil.
Michael: Oh, that’s a really unique tree that can do that. Another cool thing is, so the actual, the Republic of Vanuatu, it actually is an island-country in the south pacific ocean, and it has the leaves on its flag. And there’s a few countries around the world that have trees and leaves on their flags and I just think it’s so cool because it’s just an example for how important trees are to our culture, to our people, to us. It’s in New Zealand, it’s in Lebanon, I’m missing a lot of them but definitely it’s so cool to just see that. The last one we picked is in the flag here. Thank you so much Vanuatu, shoutout Vanuatu.
Andrea: Very cool. The Canadian flag has a maple leaf.
Michael: The maple leaf! Exactly. I can’t even believe we forgot that.
Andrea: You forgot it!
Michael: We didn’t even put maple leaf because we see it all day. Like we’re gonna leave tonight and go see it, it’s a given. There’s so many people around the world that don’t get to see maple leaves. So that’s a great point. Guys, we have to do 31 we’re adding maple leaf to it, so we’re gonna Google maple leaf now and just maybe search it, thank you Andrea.
Michael: You guys get a shoutout to another one. There’s so many beautiful maple leaf trees around there… Not the Toronto Maple Leafs! They’re losing- Literally what came up for me too! Right when we Google’d it said Toronto Maple Leafs.
Andrea: I guess it’s just the maple tree.
Michael: The Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty terrible but the Canada maple leaves, as a plant are really cool.
Andrea: Pretty cool. Maple syrup.
Michael: They make maple syrup they make, probably some of the sweetest looking trees, too, in the fall. I love going to Algonquin Park or Muskoka in Huntsville in the fall, and seeing maple trees as they change colours. They go red, they go orange, they go yellow. It’s so cool. to see the difference and I really love it.
Andrea: The actual maple species is a type of Sycamore tree which I think is pretty neat. I honestly had no idea and, yeah when you’re in Canada you really just see a lot of it in the fall, it’s a lot of foliage and things like that. It’s definitely one of my personal favourites and I love maple syrup so it’s definitely one of my top 5 favourite trees.
Michael: Guys, we’ve done 31 trees now. So we went back from 30, 31, we keep changing it but, thank you so much for listening, guys. It was such a great podcast, I hope if anybody is interested and does want a filter, just use the thing, “GREENTREES”, this will work until December 1, 2021 where you get 20 dollars off. Or just check out all of Eco Four Twenty, we’re always on social media you can follow us, just @EcoFourTwenty, check us out on Instagram you can always send us a message.
Andrea: Yeah, TikTok, Twitter, anything like that we’re always honoured to come to you guys and do our podcast and have you guys listen to our show and it was really fun, I learned a lot about trees today. I feel a lot more knowledgable.
Michael: Me too! I hope everybody’s just encourage to just go out and explore trees, just see some of the beauty in nature that’s in your country and just around your area, I think it’s so cool to see all these amazing trees out there. I’m definitely adding some of these to our list like we gotta go see Sequoias, I know we’re gonna try to go out to California, Nevada and see places just with Eco Four Twenty and we’re definitely gonna go visit some of these trees.
Andrea: Thank you Matthew McC for the list it was really cool it was a good podcast episode to go through it. Thank you everyone for listening, thank you for helping us make the world a greener place, one podcast episode at a time.