Iron tree

In the south, Azerbaijan in the Talysh Mountains, grows an amazing tree, which is called Temir-Agach, ie iron tree. Temir-Agach is deciduous tree of the family gamamelidovyh, 14-25 m tall. Iron tree has a gray bark, sometimes reddish-brown. The leaves are leathery, elliptical, fruit - woody clamshell box. Flowering Temir-agach is before leafing. Some iron tree lived to 200 years. The iron tree has a heavy wood and quickly sinks in water.

Some iron tree lived to 200 years

However, perhaps the most interesting feature is its any property, forming impenetrable thickets. The bark is very thin and it is easily destroyed. Therefore, when the branches of neighboring trees touch one another, they immediately coalesce, forming a chimeric plexus. In particular, it is widely used in the construction of "live" fences and arbors, and they are becoming stronger and in addition does not require any repairs every year. The iron tree is also the manufacture of boats for textile machinery, parts, precision tools and instruments, musical instruments.

Other "iron" tree grows in the southern part of Primorsky Krai. It is called the Schmidt birch, as local people call it iron birch. Birch Schmidt and a half times stronger than cast iron, reaches a height of 35 m and a trunk diameter - 70-80 cm. Leaves on petioles, ovate, ovate-elliptic or elliptic, 4-8 cm long, 2,5-4,5 cm wide, similar to the leaves of alder, with 7-10 pairs of veins strongly indicated below, naked from above, with hairs and glands on veins below. If you shoot in the trunk of a birch Schmidt, the bullet will fly away like peas from a wall. Schmidt birch specific gravity is so great that she, too, is sinking in water. It is an iron tree with success can replace metal. Schmidt birch grows in the first years of life slowly. It lives up to 300-350 years. Birch Schmidt refers to rocks, resists fire.