Carbon Footprint of Trees? - Knowledgebase Question

Louisville, Ke
Question by citsai
November 15, 2009
Which kind of trees, Evergreen or deciduous trees has the highest carbon impact (in relation to CO2/Oxygen generation)?

Answer from NGA
November 15, 2009


The answer to this question is a little hard to explain. An oak tree in the Midwest absorbs a different amount of CO2 than a palm tree in the Southwest and Florida. One key aspect to the offseting of CO2 is the age of the tree because older trees offset far greater amounts of greenhouse gases than young trees. Your best bet in reducing your carbon footprint is to choose evergreen trees that thrive in Kentucky. These include white pine, Virginia pine, spruce, oak, and incense cedar. Hope this information is helpful.

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