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Tree Facts - How Plants See Hear Taste Smell And Touch

Updated on January 25, 2014
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Have you ever wondered what a tree feels? Or whether it can sense other plants around it, and smell the apple growing from its branches? The thought of trees being sensory beings never really crosses our mind. To us, a tree is just a large plant growing in the field or in our gardens. In fact senses are extremely important to all plants.

They are constantly rooted to one spot. They can't move whatever the weather or climate throws at them. So they have had to develop their own real senses to cope with this strange and sometimes harsh world.

What you have to remember is that Trees have to eat, escape predatory insects and know how to shelter from storms or fire.

You may find it rather strange that trees can actually see, hear, taste, smell and touch. In fact it does seem rather odd. But to survive, Trees do indeed use these five senses.

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Tree Sight.

How do plants see? We are talking about trees, but we do need to include all types of plants and flowers, as they all act similarly.

According to recent research, trees can see in a similar way that we use our eyes. They see light just as we have photo receptors in our eyes. They have similar receptors in their leaves and stems.

These allow them to see different wavelengths, red and blue mainly, but others that we can't see ourselves. These occur in the red and ultraviolet parts of the light spectrum.

The clever thing is that plants and trees can can also see the direction where light is coming from. They can also tell how long the lights were off, and how dim the light is.

Plants, as we know, bend towards the light as if hungry for the suns rays, which in fact is true.The process of Photosynthesis uses light as energy to turn carbon dioxide and the plants water into sugars. So in reality the sun is actually starting the process for the tree or plant to eat.

The actual light sensors are called phototropins. These are light receptors in the membranes of the cells in the tree. When the tree senses blue light, they start a cascade of signals that ends up modulating the activity of auxin, a hormone.

Plants see red light also using receptors in their leaves. These are called phytochromes. These will allow the plant to detect far red light, so after soaking up the red light, it then changes back to its lower level red light.

The reason for this is to allow it close down at night, or turn off. Far red light is predominant at sunset. And then reverse the process in the morning when the red light is strong enough for the plant to open its leaves again and soak up the sun.

The leaves can also tell when they are in shade. And adapt accordingly.

Using these processes, the plant or tree can actually regulate itself to tell the time of day.

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Smell

Did you know that all plants have a sense of smell? There is one particular vine called a dodder which is referred to as the sniffer dog of the plant world. As it contains hardly any chlorophyll it has to eat by by sucking the sap from other plants. The dodder vine uses smell to hunt down its prey or food. It can tell by smelling the plants whether they are poison or edible. It trails towards the edible plant to wrap itself around it to eat.

In animals sensors in the nose bind with the molecules in the air to produce smell. And its very similar with plants and trees. They have receptors that respond to chemicals. But what do they smell?

All ripening fruit emits something called ethylene in large amounts which the plants can smell. And then they respond to it and ripen too. This clever process means that all the similar plants and trees know at the same time and then ripen together. This is perfect for plants because it then attracts animals which will then eat the fruit and disperse the seeds. Ethylene is a plant hormone, that not only helps to ripen the flower or plant, but also helps to coordinate the leaf changing color in the Autumn.


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Fascinating Facts

Back in the 1980s, research showed that trees can communicate. Healthy trees that were in the vicinity of caterpillar infested ones were resistant to pests because their leaves had produced a chemical to protect them. In other words their leaves were producing a chemical that tasted nasty.

Other trees that were farther away, did not produce the chemical. The infected trees had therefore sent out an airborne pheromonal message to healthy trees to get them ready for an attack by the insects.

Touch

Trees are never still. The wind blows through the branches and leaves, insects crawl across the canopy and vines search out the best way to grow. So it seems obvious that trees and plants can and do touch and feel.

They are also sensitive to changing weather conditions. By changing their growth rate and being careful on how much water they use. Research has shown that by even shaking or touching a plant, it will modify its behaviour to keep itself safe. For example trees in windswept parts of the world will be much more stunted than plants that grow in a more moderate climate. We only see the top part of the trees and plants, but a lot of the behaviour is unseen. The roots are very sensitive and can grow vast distances reaching other plants to see if they are healthy or unsafe.

The most obvious plants that respond to touch are the Venus Fly Trap and other similar plants. These work by acute sensitivity in the hairs on the leaves. As a fly or beetle lands, it will get trapped because the sensors will snap the hard leaves together. The plant will know whether the insect is too large or just the right size because the feet of the insect will have to touch two hairs before the plant will react. This way it will know whether its too large to keep the insect inside.

The actual process that produces a response is an electrical current that radiates up through the leaves. This will activate ion channels in the cell membrane. All this can happen in less that one tenth of a second.

Not all plants are as sensitive as the Venus Fly Trap, but they all react in a similar way when touched but on a much smaller level. As plants do not have a brain, this process is carried by currents up and through the plants and trees.

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Taste

Plants have a similar taste structure to ours. With humans our sense of smell and taste are entwined. Smells can enhance or take away the taste of food. Smell deals with volatile chemicals, and taste with soluble.

The same two senses are connected in plants. This has been seen when the trees or plants are attacked by insects or bacteria. We have seen that plants emanate a chemical response when under threat, but there is one chemical called methyl jasmonate that is particularly important. This is the taste chemical.

It is a gas, so its not so effective as an airborne deterrent, but when it diffuses through the stomata the pores in the surface of leaves, it gets converted into the soluble water jasmonic acid. This is then attached to a receptor in the plants cells and helps to trigger the leafs defences. Most of the sensors are once again in the roots where it is surrounded by soil and water.

Did You Know?

Plants use underground chemical messages to recognise their close relatives nearby! There is also root to root communication between relative plants and unrelated plants. Scientists discovered that when a row of plants were subjected to drought, it took just one hour for the message to travel to the other plants that were five rows away. This caused them to close their cells or stomata to be prepared for lack of water.

The other plants that were not connected by their roots did not react. This proves that the plants 'talked' to each other by way of a chemical reaction flowing through each root by process of a soluble molecule.

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Hearing.

I talk to the trees but they don't listen to me....

As you all know that is a song from the musical Paint Your Wagon. But in fact that's not exactly true. We all know the stories about how people play music to their plants, and they react by growing and producing more leaves. Some people swear by classical music, others by Soul. This is probably a myth, but saying that, it has been proved that plants and trees do in fact react to sound.

Trees and plants do react to the sound of insects and other vibrations. The other sounds may even be other plants producing chemicals through their roots. Researchers at the institute of plant science in Bern Switzerland recently recorded vibrations using ultrasound. These sounds were from pine and oak trees during a dry season. They believe it was because they were letting the other trees and plants know that water was scarce.

Other research is showing a fascinating result in plant hearing. These results indicate corn roots were growing because of specific frequencies of vibrations.

If this wasn't interesting enough, they now believe that roots themselves may also be emitting sound waves.


I Talk To The Trees And They Do Listen...

So it seems that all the people who have maintained their communications with plants and trees really do make a difference were actually telling the truth. So go on, hug a tree, sing to your pot plant. They will definitely appreciate it!


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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Oh Nell! This is a great article and I am going to link it into mine about trees that I am working on right now. I don't know where i am going to publish the new article but i will let you know where I do.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Lady G that sounds great, and thanks for being first, glad you liked it, nell

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      What an interesting article! I think I might look at trees differently now = )

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi bizarrett, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I knew most of this because I taught science for a number of years, but having said that you still managed to provide me with some info I did not know. Very nice job with this one, Nell!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      I just Loved reading your Most Informative Hub on Trees, Nell. If the trees could talk, the tales they would tell about us! You know how we sit on a park bench talking to a friend and the tree Hears all...Mmmm.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Nell, I love trees. They are an important part of my life. I have touched, hugged, talked to, climbed, and admired them for ages. This article is just fascinating! I am definitely linking it to my 'Trees, Magical, Mysterious and Sacred' hub I wrote last year. Voted way UP and across. Will share...

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Fascinating hub about trees and plants Nell. I think we humans tend to underestimate the other forms of life on our beautiful planet and do not appreciate how sophisticated they are and how highly adapted to surviving in their environment

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am fascintated with this. Maybe some trees grow better when spoken to, fed well and touched. Great hub and something to really think about. Thanks for sharing..Voting Up++++ and sharing.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Fascinating is the best word to describe this hub! I had no idea of the complexity of trees. This is so interesting. I have always loved and respected trees but now I will appreciate them even more. This is a marvelous hub! I may go hug a tree today! Voting up and awesome!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Well, now I know, Nell, thanks to you and your remarkable research just how exceptional our plant life is. Thank you for enlarging my sphere of knowledge. Next time I am in the forest searching for my buddy, Bigfoot, I will be sure to hug a tree or two.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Wow! Interesting observations. This never even crossed my mind. You always learn something new every day. Thanks Nell for sharing this with us. Voting up!

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      This was super interesting. I remember in the movie The Happening that the scientist guy talked about plants that send out pheremones when being attacked by caterpillars, and the scent attracts nearby wasps whose favorite food is that species of caterpillar!

      Amazing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You are so attuned to nature! I never thought about trees being able to communicate, but I certainly don't doubt it. I think my flower plants do.

      Very interesting and informative. As a nature lover myself, I enjoyed this very much.

      Voted UP, and shared, Pinned and Tweeted.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi mary, I love trees, I have no idea why, but I feel so relaxed when sitting among trees, so this totally surprised and delighted me when I first read this, so I had to go and investigate a few sources, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Car, that doesn't surprise me, aren't they clever? I think we tend to see how amazing they are in the Amazon for example, how they learn to adapt and reach for the sky to get light, and yes their pheremones certainly are useful, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi lovedoctor, thanks so much, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi drbj, lol! you had best hide up the tree if you spot Bigfoot! thanks for the laugh! and of course reading it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi sgbrown, I always thought they had some sort of sentience but never realised that they were this much evolved, I love trees and plants, so now I can sing to them and not look stupid! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi carol, thanks so much, yes I will talk to my plants even more now! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Cynthia, that's it exactly, we see humans and animals but totally forget trees and plants, I loved writing this because I am a tree fanatic! lol! thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, that sounds fascinating, I am sure its the chemical equivalent. I had never heard of a Jeffrey tree before, I will have to look into it, thanks so much as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Denise, thanks so much for the link, yes that's appropriate as I always see trees as magical, I will be over to read soon, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi b.Malin, yes that tree is taking it all in! lol! great to see you and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, thanks so much, and I am so glad you liked it, nell

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was a fantastic piece of work that truly enlightened me in plant communication. I had a Venus Flytrap as a kid, but I never knew about all the plant actions and reactions. You have done it again, Mel, another job well done.

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell,

      May I ask a favor? Would you please delete my previous comment about Jeffrey Pines? I'd like to make a hub of it. Thanks.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks so much avian, it was something that fascinated me for ages after I first read about it, being such a tree lover especially the oak it really made me realise that we don't always take notice of other types of life such as plants etc. We see that they react to stimuli but not for the reasons why, so it fascinated me. thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Will do larry, let me know when you have written it, it will be fascinating, thanks!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Nell, this is such a beautiful hub about nature, and I totally agree with you. These huge guys have life and all the senses like us.

      It just that man has to learn to pause and see these magnificent beauty around us.

      Sharing it across!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruchira, thanks so much, yes they are so lovely. I have always felt that trees and plants do have added senses but after studying the subject it just proved it, now I can hug a tree and not feel silly! lol! thanks for the share, nell

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      @ b malin

      You said, "If the trees could talk, the tales they would tell about us! You know how we sit on a park bench talking to a friend and the tree Hears all...Mmmm."

      I think if the trees could talk they'd say, "Oh my GOD!!! THEY KILLED KENNY! AND NOW THEY'RE SITTING ON HIS DEAD BODY!"

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Fascinating information. I do talk to my plants and I have heard about playing music for the plants, but the bulk of the information in your hub is new to me. It was really awesome!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Nell, This is amazing. I always believed that my weeping willow tree swayed more to the sound of music. ( I know, silly me ) I will say that this is an educational piece. I learned a lot. Voted up and awesome.....

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell,

      Your wish is my command.

      A West Coast Mystery: the Butterscotch Tree

      Summary: Why does the resin of California's Jeffrey Pine tree smell like butterscotch?

      LINK

      http://tinyurl.com/ankn6oy

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Excellent hub, informative and interesting. Plants are living beings in the true sense. I hope people who cut down trees read your hub, before chopping them down. Voted up and away.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, great to see you, that's a good point. They say does a tree scream when its cut down, maybe it does! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Larry, be over shortly, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, yes it probably does! lol! thanks so much ruby, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Pamela, I suppose we shouldn't be surprised because trees always seem to be able to adapt, but its awesome isn't it? I will continue to sing to my pot plants without feeling like an idiot now! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Car, Haha! really funny! thanks for the laugh, and yes Poor Kenny!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Fascinating facts, Nell. You have just reminded me of my lessons on photosynthesis!! Thanks for sharing! Passing this knowledge of nature around.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks so much midget, glad you liked it, nell

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree..." I think we've been fascinated with trees forever. We plant them, we use them for shade, we admire their colors...great choice Nell and the information you gave us is really, really interesting. We don't stop to think about those things....our friends, the trees! Well done my friend.

      Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

      Fascinating facts that I have never heard or read of before! Very, very interesting. I have noticed how they always bend towards the light, so that seemed to show them to be very sensitive. Great hub!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      This is a hub after my own heart! I absolutely adore trees. Each and everyone has a character of their own. Some are more friendly and generous than others. When we're on the road I am forever taking pictures of trees as far as we go. I get lyrical about trees. We may not understand their language or their way of living, but I have always believed that they do have a life, just like other living creatures such as animals and humans.

      The other day I saw many trees growing out of graves, and I am still pondering over all the possibilities...

      Great hub, Nell!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      Now this, is absolutely fascinating. I always believed trees and plants were more sensitive and aware than people gave them credit for but this is just beyond even what I expected. This is so brilliant. Thanks for this info-- voted, like, everything!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Wiccan, thanks so much for reading, yes they are fascinating little things aren't they? I always talk to plants so maybe they really do hear me now, well the vibrations at least! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Martie, yes there are always trees growing from graves, not sure how I feel about that! lol! I do love trees though and I totally agree with you I have always believed they were 'alive' if you like, thanks Martie, nell

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Nell. Fascinating. Your article brought to mind the tree people in the movie "Lord of the Rings, Return of the King". They actually communicated and banded together. I love that poem by Alfred Joyce Kilmer. Did you know it was recorded as a song?

      Puts a whole new meaning into tree huggers.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Hippie, yes its lovely isn't it when we see them open and close, or bend towards the light, makes me feel as though they are reaching for the sun, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi mary, yes definitely our friends the trees, now I can sit and chat to them! lol! thanks again for reading, nell

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Verrrry interesting Nell! It's really neat to know that trees will communicate warnings to neighboring trees through chemicals, hormones, smells etc. It doesn't work exactly the same way as animals, but nonetheless, I'm inspired by this information! When I stand next to a tree, I sense that it is aware of my presence somehow, so maybe it smells me! Hee!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi kathi, lol! yes I am sure it does! its fascinating though isn't it? The way they communicate and feel etc, I love trees so this is really great for me, hug a tree!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Peg, Oh yes I had forgotten about the tree people, and no I didn't realise it was a song, I will have to go and take a look, thanks so much for reading, and yes here's to another tree hugger! lol!

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      Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

      Here is the article in which I added your link to this hub of yours. http://wizzley.com/what-about-the-trees/

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell...What a very unique and knowledge-packed article. I wish I'd have had a teacher like you. You make learning fun and interesting!....Thanks for not giving us homework!...I'm ready for my next class. When you're done with us ...we'll be the smartest kids on the block.

      Trees can be our friends....and I believe they DO listen....UP+++

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Oh for the love of trees! This is so very beautiful. Awesome!

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Fascinating! Some of this I knew, but not by any means all. If we animals think we are alone on the planet with our sensory abilities, it's time to re-think. We are more connected to all of life and every kind of matter, for that matter, than we've been taught to believe. Up, interesting, and very thought-provoking.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I always believed tree can hear, taste, smell and touch. Since ages Hindu and Buddhist sages have sat beneath the trees and found meanings in life.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I love trees, so I found this article very useful and interesting. : ) Good to know. Thank you for sharing it. Voted up, for sure!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi dreamseeker, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Vinaya, I love the early Hindu and Buddhist teachings, and yes we always see them sitting under trees, it seems they knew more than we did, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A fascinating article, so interesting, I never thought of trees communicating before. I do talk to my plants though and sure it makes a difference.

      Great educational hub

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Sally, yes that's exactly how I thought, but I have always been in touch with trees if you like, and I talk to plants! lol! at least now I can say well they can hear! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Ruby, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Paula, Aw thanks so much! I used to teach Kumon, but that was just maths and English! lol! I prefer science it fascinates me, don't forget to bring me an apple next time, lol! seriously, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Lady G, be over shortly to read, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Rosemay, I talk to my plants to, in fact I sing to them, mind you I did wonder why they pulled their leaves over their ears! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your viewpoint on trees Nell. Without them we would live in a world of deserts. I particularly find it interesting when you can see how they adapt to their various environments. Lovely to have a nature Hub as I continue to battle my way through winter!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Vicki, thanks for reading, yes I love trees, and its great to see them coming into bud now, nearly Spring!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Gosh Nell, didn't you ever see the Wizard of Oz? Those trees can get quite nasty! Just kidding but I do not doubt a word you say. I think all plants have these senses and we know now plants that are talked to and petted more or less grow better (although it could just be the carbon dioxide we breathe on them). Great facts you have here to make life that much more fantastic! ^

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, thanks so much, yes it could be the carbon dioxide, or maybe they are trying to talk back! lol! great to see you, and thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My sister talks to the trees and hugs them too. I am going to forward this hub to her so she can enjoy the read. Your share on plants using underground chemical messages to recognise their close relatives nearby is fascinating. It makes sense to me. What an educational post. Thank you for the interesting facts.

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      This was an informative and thoroughly enjoyable read.

      And I thought my neighbor was crazy talking to her plants.:) Although one can't help but ask, that if the 5 senses are present in plants, does that mean they have consciousness like animals and self awareness like human beings? Could it be fate or a quirk of evolution that we and not animals and plants acquired an intellect and the ability to think, and are now on top of the food chain despite plants and animals coming into existence much earlier than Man?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, thanks so much, when I first came across some of the info I was fascinated and had to look for more, the outcome totally blew me away! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi SilentReed, great to see you, I would love to think that they are sentient creatures, I am sure on a molecular level there is some intelligence, but maybe they don't see or feel us as we don't see or feel them in an intelligence sort of way, but hopefully on some level they understand us, especially really 'working' plants like the Venus Fly Trap, thanks for reading, nell

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell,

      I'd like to 'go out on a limb' here. Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Larry, and Happy Valentines Day to you too!

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      These discoveries on plants are truly fascinating. Every living being on the earth is really living, it ain't just about us!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      So true Ken, all creatures and plants have a reason for being there, and are aware of their surroundings, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      People have been looking at me as though I'm strange for years. It's mostly due to the way I speak to trees and hug them when I'm on my walk.

      I also carry a reputation for singing to plants and flowers :) So you can see why I'm so excited to read your amazing hub. Not only does this article confirm that I'm not completely nuts but I now know it's a healthy thing to do.

      Thanks Nell for this remarkable, new information. You've done a superb job and I voted up and across and sharing it all over the place. And here's a special hug for you!

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      A very interesting read there. I didn't realize plants were so active.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

      An absolute FANTASTIC hub. So much information and a real learning experience. I work in a botanical garden and I have always and still do talk to flowers and trees not really realizing that I was making any difference at all. Love this hub, voted up and I will be sharing it with the garden on our Facebook page as well. Thank you.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much vocal! I love plants and trees, in fact I have always sang to them too! lol! I chatter to the plants as I give them water, and I was fascinated too when I read a bit about this, so I had to rush off to do some research, I think we don't take enough notice of them as living things, I do now, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much vocal! I love plants and trees, in fact I have always sang to them too! lol! I chatter to the plants as I give them water, and I was fascinated too when I read a bit about this, so I had to rush off to do some research, I think we don't take enough notice of them as living things, I do now, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Joanne, yes you are definitely making a difference! lol! thank you so much for your share, and glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Hezekiah, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and informative plants are natural and so beautiful to nature you have got me thinking about what I take less notice of.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks so much DDE, yes plants and trees are amazing aren't they? to think they have 'sight' hearing and so on is just wonderful, glad you liked it, nell

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Read about this years ago and I find it so fascinating! I read that plants can even recognize different people and animals and it was hoped that if they were in the room where a violent crime had occurred that plants might be able to be witnesses since they react when they see a person who has been violent around them previously. That possibility doesn't seem to have come to fruition so far, but wouldn't it be something if it did? Then burglars, rapists, and murderers would of course destroy any plants around their crime scenes wouldn't they?

      Really enjoyed reading this article. I hadn't heard all the stuff about taste, and hearing, only that trees/plant like classical music due to the vibrations it was though. Voting this up and interesting, pinning to Awesome HubPages, and sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      As always, you did a lot of research to write this Hub that is filled with wonderful info about plants and trees. I have always talked to my plants, and I swear they do respond. I never thought about talking to a tree, though.

      This was really a fascinating read: I learned a lot; thanks.

      Voted UP, etc.etc. Will share on Google+, and Pin to my Tree board.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      What a fascinating hub, Nell! I may never look at a tree in the same way again. As for my (few) houseplants, this seems to explain why they've been thriving. I play classical music DVDs a lot.

      Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting

      Jaye

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Au fait, that would be amazing wouldn't it? my plants like my music I am sure, usually a bit of metal! lol! no, not that cruel to them! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks so much mary, yes trees are amazing aren't they? I always talk to my plants and say hello to the trees! lol! totally wacky, but totally true! have a wonderful weekend, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! your plants must love that music then Jaye! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks Debra!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Not a problem. Getting ready to share it on my LinkedIn account.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Aw thanks so much, hope your having a great day, nell

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      Chad Young 2 years ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you so much for this hub. It all makes clear sense and as a person who has a hard time keeping plants alive, it gives me a better understanding of the organisms as a whole.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading cyoung35 yes its amazing isn't it? I always said talk to a plant they know you are doing it, now it seems to be true, on a scientific level of course!

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