Trees and Photosynthesis in Candler, NC
For the most part trees will gain a huge amount of their nourishment from photosynthesis. But what is photosynthesis? This is the process of taking in energy from the sun, and converting it into glucose (sugar) where it will be stored for appropriate use over time. Trees can use photosynthesis in order to receive immediate food, as well as to store nutrients for a later time. During the summer, and fall trees will spend a great deal of time saving glucose for the winter, and the rebidding in the early spring. From a chemistry perspective glucose is made from six molecules of water, and six molecules of CO2. Combined they create a single molecule of glucose.
The process of photosynthesis is quite literally responsible for all of life existing to this day.
The process itself occurs in cells, and chloroplasts. The majority of these two enact photosynthesis in the leaves of the tree. During the process of photosynthesis water from the roots travel all the way up to the leaves in the crown. It is here that they are met with chlorophyll and combined to make glucose for the trees health. This is why maintaining a healthy crown for your tree is so important.