Trees Have Feelings Too

The wood-wide web or the mycorrhizal network, as scientists call it, is a vast system of root connections hidden beneath the trees that is made up of the filaments of fungi growing in and around the plant’s roots producing many of the forest mushrooms we enjoy. Providing more absorption for the trees than the roots they grow on their own, mycorrhizal fungi dramatically increase the plant’s water and mineral supply. The tree also makes and delivers food to the fungus in this mutual give-take relationship. This fungal system is so complex that it also serves as a conduit between trees, connecting acres to one another.

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But think about Dipper actually being named after a type of Pine Tree. Just look at the possibilities!

  • Douglas
  • Spruce
  • Scots
  • Durango
  • Forrest
  • Cyprus
  • Wilson
  • Glehn

Douglas fir Cones | ©Tom Brandt  (Hillsboro, Oregon, US)

Commonly known as Douglas fir, and also as Oregon pine or Douglas spruce, Pseudotsuga menziesii (Pinaceae) is a species of conifer native to North America. 

Pseudotsuga menziesii is a clear, straight-trunked tree, with a spire-like crown, and the capacity to grow over 300 feet tall. The upper branches of the tree point up and the lower branches droop down and recurve. Mature seed cones are approximately 3 to 4 inches long, reddish brown in color, and have pitchfork-shaped bracts.

Douglas-fir ranks as the second tallest tree species in the world behind coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), and contains the largest trees in the entire Pinaceae family.


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