Forests are an essential part of mitigating rapid climate change. It’s more important than ever to keep intact ecosystems protected.
One of the main ways forests halt climate change is by absorbing and storing carbon.
In this post you’ll learn:
🌿 Which features make a tree good at absorbing carbon
🌿 Examples of specific trees that absorb a lot of carbon
We also have other interesting posts: Why We Need to Protect The Forests We Have Left and How Much CO2 Does Your Forest Absorb?
How much carbon a tree can hold depends on how well it sequesters carbon.
They sequester (read: capture and store) carbon in trunks, branches, leaves, and roots. Everything you see on a tree has carbon in it.
It is known however that trees with large trunks and dense wood tend to be the best absorbers, large leaves and wide crowns help too.
Other features that help a tree absorb carbon include:
Fortunately, there are many trees like that.
There’s no universal answer to this and no single tree that’s best at it. Pines, oaks, and mangroves are known to absorb a lot of carbon, though.
Mangroves may just be the best trees when it comes to fighting climate change.
Their benefits include:
There are quite a lot of pines known for their ability to sequester carbon.
These trees are found in forests around the world, but they also make good landscape plants. Just be sure to give them enough room, because they need plenty of it.
While pines are dominating the carbon sequestering game, there are many other evergreen trees doing a good job, too.
Two examples are:
The tall Douglas firs are popular Christmas trees, and both trees are popular in landscaping.
Why are oaks good carbon absorbers? Because of their large canopies and dense wood.
Scarlet and red oak are both known as landscaping trees, Virginia live oak is mostly found in plant stores.
Even though oak is known as the deciduous tree absorbing the most carbon, other deciduous trees do a good job as well.
To name just a few:
Our research also led us to many other trees, some of them are:
The Teak Tree, which has the highest carbon sequestration capacity of trees in India.
The Yellow Poplar, which can grow under rough conditions.
The Silver Maple has a very high absorption capability.
The Red Mulberry absorbs carbon and gives seasonal fruit
The London Plane is very popular in urban planning and is very tolerant to pollution, cold, and disease.
The Dogwood is a good example of a smaller tree absorbing carbon well.
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