In THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals that trees are fascinating life forms able to communicate, function as communities, form symbiotic relationships, and adapt to various environmental conditions. Trees, it turns out, are highly complex and perform many actions analogous to human experience. By revealing their hidden life, Wohlleben provides one of those rare books for the layperson that takes the familiar and provides a completely different understanding of it.
In each chapter, he examines an aspect of tree behavior, whether it’s their ability to ward off predators and communicate alarm signals, how trees often sustain each other, how they work with fungi to support a virtual neural network throughout a forest, how they compete and nurture their young, how they sustain themselves and move such high volumes of water, and how climate change is impacting forests and migrations. The result is a real appreciation for one of the oldest life forms on the planet, a thoughtful and enjoyable reading experience.