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The Importance of Tree Resins

By February 19, 2013

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The production of resin by trees is of vital importance to their very existence and continued well-being. Resinous deposits oozing and covering wounds provide a flush for sanitation and cover the injury from harmful insects and disease invasion. It is also thought that the sealing effect of resin retards water loss from plants and prevents further decay at the site of an injury.

Tree resins are also useful in manufacturing. They have been used by humans for millennia, being found in the form of preservatives in Egyptian tombs and varnish on ancient oriental art.  Modern uses for plant resins include  adhesives, varnish, medicines and aromatics.

Find out more about how resins both protect and increase the value of trees:


February 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm
(1) Kathleen Norris says:

Thanks for the tree “resin” info! I had no idea how beneficial this resin is to the health of the tree and actually thought maybe it meant something was going wrong inside. Trees are truly a wonder of creation and probably the most significant force in the eco system. Had no idea how many uses and products come from this resin! Awesome Steve! Thanks.

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