Trees with dense wood and large trunks absorb the most carbon dioxide. When trees “inhale” carbon dioxide and “breathe” out oxygen, this is called “respiration.” “Carbon sequestration” is the amount of carbon dioxide the tree can store. Pines, such as Ponderosas absorb a lot of carbon dioxide, as do oaks. Another tree that has high sequestration: the Douglas fir, a.k.a. the Christmas Tree.
The amount of carbon a tree is able to absorb is primarily dependent on its size, so the trees that absorb the most carbon are the big ones, usually ones that have been around for a long time. The best trees for absorbing carbon dioxide are those which either grow quickly (so that they get big faster) or live a long time (so they stay big longer). Some examples of good carbon absorbing trees are: the Common Horse Chestnut, Black Walnut, American Sweetgum, Ponderosa Pine, Red Pine, White Pine, London Plane, Hispaniolan Plane, Doglas Fir, Scarlet Oak, Red Oak, Virginia Live Oak and Bald Cypress. It is also important to notes that tree size is in part determined by the suitability of its climate, so growing trees in the appropriate climate zones is also important.
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