30 - Dendrology with J. Casey Clapp


Do trees have feelings? How do they talk? How old can they get? Are there any tree stories that will make me cry? Spoiler: YES. Possibly the world's most enthusiastic tree expert, J. Casey Clapp, shows Alie his many tree tattoos, explains how roots communicate to each other, addresses "crown shyness" and schools Alie on the mental health benefits of tree proximity. Also: banana facts and Casey f*cking hates apples. 

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Some links which you may find useful:

What is dendrology, exactly

Stanford’s Less Shitty Mascot

“The storm was too much for it.”

Canopy shyness

Trees are sentient, and other mindfucks

Secret Life of Plants aka ESP with plants

David Attenborough’s Private Life of Plants

Hidden Life of Trees,” Casey’s book reach

Lorax’s “Unless” prophecy

All the maple syrup info you’ll need

This guy killed the world’s oldest tree 

How do you like them apples? HE DOESN’T

Expensive bone-sighs

Foot binding is not in fashion

Nature makes us productive

We have no bananas, we just have one single Cavendish bananas


Alie Ward