Over its cycle of life, an individual tree undergoes changes in its physical form as well as variations in the role it plays in the forest ecosystem of which it is a part. The life cycle of a tree is similar to that of all living things, and can be summarized in four stages.
<h2> Tree cycle of Life: Germination </h2>
First seed germination. Trees produce a huge range of seed types, varying in shape, weight, size and color. Some seeds are in a protective hard shell, others are fleshy fruits. When ripe, seeds fall to the ground beneath the mother tree; or are carried by wind, water, wild animals and people to new locations. Where the seeds survive and encounter favorable conditions, they will germinate and begin to grow. Seeds are important wild animal food resources and natural predation is very high; trees must produce plentiful quantities of seeds in order to survive.