Intelligent Trees - The Documentary

Featuring Peter Wohlleben & Suzanne Simard

Now available as Video on Demand on Amazon and Vimeo

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Trees talk, know family ties and care for their young? Is this too fantastic to be true? German forester Peter Wohlleben ('The Hidden Life of Trees') and scientist Suzanne Simard (The University of British Columbia, Canada) have been observing and investigating the communication between trees over decades. And their findings are most astounding. 

Trees are so much more than rows of wood waiting  to be turned into furniture, buildings or firewood. They are more than organisms producing oxygen or cleaning the air for us. They are individual beings that have feelings, know friendship have a common language and look after each other. This documentary explores the various ways that trees communicate with each other- from a forester's observations as well as through the microscope of a scientist.

If the themes of harmony, connection, and collaboration between humans and trees in the movie Avatar inspired you, stand by. That fiction was inspired in part by real life trees... And scientists, as it turns out. But there's more. Much more. And it has global implications for us all (Rachel Clark, "Smart Trees teach via new Film and Bestselling Book", Psychology Today).

Together, Wohlleben and Simard are a tree dream team (Melissa Breyer, "Trees can form bonds like an old couple and look after each other ",

Discover also the book - "The Hidden Life of Trees" -  by Peter Wohlleben.

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Comments: 18
  • #18

    Paul McKinley (Wednesday, 28 February 2018 14:16)

    Fantastic! Thank you for everything you are doing

  • #17

    E. Kesteloot (Sunday, 18 February 2018 02:48)

    Fascinating! I am a school teacher and would love to show this to my class. Would there be a version available with Dutch subtitles?

  • #16

    carlos lee murray (Saturday, 20 January 2018 11:29)

    i self published a badly written novel in 99 or 00, recounting legends trees tell each other via a kind of "musical poetry." Mr. Wohlieber said in an interview he can't say "where is the brain" of trees, so I wanted to add my 2 cents. I suggest a brain like structure is consisted in the branches and twigs of the Crowns if you look at the tree in terms of energy fields (bio energy). Each branch & twig channeling sap flow creating little energy fields. Look at the tree Crown from above, without the leaves, and you see a kind of Mandala; different for individuals, characteristically varying by species as the habit of growth. This mandala of energy fields would be sensitive on the level of Mental energy, I surmise; acting in communication, sensing, and memory. My bad novel is called Flute Tree by Lee Murray etc., but it's not on the market. All the best, clm.

  • #15

    Ben Hofmans (Monday, 08 January 2018 03:50)

    French version now available as well:

  • #14

    Yassin Gulamhussen (Thursday, 07 September 2017 06:33)

    Dear Sirs,

    Please let us know if the full documentary will be available in Portugal.

    Thank you very much.

    Kind Regards,

    Yassin Gulamhussen

  • #13

    T. Bunner (Tuesday, 05 September 2017 17:16)

    Ground-breaking research by Dr. Suzanne Simard and others is proving what we all feel in our hearts. Trees need each other in order to survive and live healthy lives, just like us. We can learn so much more from trees. For example, how to be DEDICATED stewards of the forests and the Earth like they are. I have recommended this video to all my friends and family. Thank you.

  • #12

    Hamilton Beraún (Sunday, 28 May 2017 21:41)

    Hola, soy de Pucallpa-Perú todo el tiempo en la Universidad nos dijeron que los árboles en el bosque compiten entre ellas y ahora con su trabajo de investigación nos ayudan a comprender mejor la vida en el bosque. Trabajo en la industria forestal hace 11 años, específicamente en secado de madera, y a veces siento que soy parte de la destrucción de los bosques, así que pensado cambiar mi trabajo a plantaciones forestales, aunque son pocas las oportunidades, ya que en mi país las plantaciones son escazas. Gracias a esta investigación los peruanos aprenderemos que la competencia entre árboles en el bosque sólo es un mito.....!

  • #11

    pasquier (Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:47)

    Yes!! A french version, please.

  • #10

    Stefan Maree (Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:17)

    We and trees and all of this world are built up from electrons, molecules and all based on energy in one or other form.
    I can believe that trees can thus communicate and build bonds like i do with all my trees and plants.
    I must see this film.

  • #9

    Paulo (Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:01)

    Down in South America, we are a farmer's group which is reaserching biological interactions and similarities between animal and vegetal physiologal patterns. We'd realy love to be in contact with those people who have same interest.

    As shown tree's brain, we keep asking where are the tree's livers!?

  • #8

    Bruno De Wit (Friday, 20 January 2017 03:11)

    Since last year we started in our village a big action to protect a ancient wood (10ha) from demolition by buildingfirms.
    Our fb group calls: geen sloop van het bos van loos

  • #7

    Kate (Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:58)

    Hi there,

    Would you like for me to add the French version, with sub-titles?
    Would love to share the word to the world!
    Thanks for creating this :)

  • #6

    Gary (Tuesday, 22 November 2016 07:01)

    I wish this was available in Australia, as we in Australia cannot access vimeo or amazon here USA content blocked :(

  • #5

    La La (Monday, 21 November 2016 12:50)

    I always talked the trees in my backyard, especially when I got really sick. There was this feeling of comfort I felt from one tree in particular and there would be summer nights where I would just sit and talk to her. It was like I could feel her hugging me every time there was a gust of wind. This series just validates all of this and its amazing.

  • #4

    Barbara (Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:57)

    Can you release on Netflix?

  • #3

    Jeff Laughlin (Monday, 07 November 2016 13:39)

    Are there ways that I could teach my students to recognize mother trees in the forest ? We have mostly ponderosa pine, aspen and birch.

  • #2

    Sasivimon Swangpol (Sunday, 06 November 2016 01:22)

    I am a botanist at Department of Plant Science. I bought, watched the 'Intelligent Trees' VDO and am very impressed. Is it possible that I organize sessions at Faculty of Science, Mahidol University to run the VDO for my colleagues and students? There may be 30-60 persons in the session. I planned of two sessions, one at Salaya Campus and another at Phayathai Campus.

  • #1 (Saturday, 05 November 2016)

    Hi !

    surprising / wonderfull !!! do you have a French version available, please ??? ;O)