Before you delve deeper into this article, we recommend that you read our previous one pertaining to trees: “The 7 Most Stunning Trees that Everyone Must Visit”. Now that we got that out of the way, let us see what more Mother Earth can offer us. So without further ado, let us explore seven more living-breathing natural wonders that you should not miss out on by any means!
Poland is one of those countries in the world that no tourist should refrain from visiting. In fact, it should be kicked on each and every bucket list at one time or another. One of its most appreciated natural attractions is its Bartek tree located deep within the bounds of Zagnańsk near Kielce in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains. Essentially and oak, it has been previously miscalculated as being at least 1,200 years old. In spite of that, it has recently been analysed again and its age has been determined to be only 686 years. While that may not seem like a big deal when compared to other local yews, none of Bartek’s peers have ever managed to reach its famed position. Reaching a maximum height of 33.5 metres, it retains 8 major branches of its 14 original ones. Definitely a must-see!
2. Midland Oak:
Located near the liminal boundary between Lillington and Leamington Spa (Warwickshire), the Midland Oak is quite possibly one of the most important trees of England. While the current tree that can be beheld there is but the child of the previous one (it was planted in 1988 after saving an acorn from the previous one in 1967), it bears important cultural significance. Why? Because it is reputed for marking the exact centre of England! Oh, and there is a descriptive plaque there that you can read if you are interested!
3. Tamme-Lauri Oak:
Did we ever mention how wonderful Estonia was? Of course we did, we were just checking if you remembered (wink)! Located in Urvaste Parish, within the bounds of Võru County, the Tamme-Lauri Oak is without question the thickest and the oldest tree of its parent country. Reaching an imposing height of 17 metres and a circumference of 8.31 metres, it was allegedly planted in 1,326. Illustrated on the back side of the Estonian 10 kroon banknote, it has lost its top due to repeated lightning strikes over the years. Its massive cavity was filled with reinforced concrete but prior to that, a hideout of the reputable Forest Brothers had been found in it. Now that is what we call a historically-significant natural wonder!
4. El Árbol del Tule:
Known also as The Tree of Tule, El Árbol del Tule is one of the most petrifying sights of Mexico. Situated proudly in the central square of Santa María del Tule within the bounds of the state of Oaxaca, it is a Montezuma cypress (also known as a Taxodium mucronatum). The Nahuatl version of the word is “Ahuehuete”, meaning “old man of the water”. What’s interesting about it is that it has the most powerful trunk of any tree in the world. Back in 2005 (before it was buttressed) it had a circumference of 42 metres and a maximum height of 35.4 metres. Its age is disputed to this day with specialists estimating it between 1,200 and 3000 years. In spite of that, certain claims go as far as stating that it is more than 6,000 years old.
5. Comfort Maple:
Located in Comfort Maple Conservation Area in the Town of Pelham (Ontario, Canada), the Comfort Maple is one of the oldest sugar maples of its parent country. Specialists estimate that it is about 500 years old but a complete ring count has never been performed. Named after the Comfort family who had purchased the local land in 1816, the Maple reaches a maximum height of 24.5 metres and a circumference of 38 metres. It is currently maintained by the local authorities and wires have been installed to support its majestic branches.
6. Jardine Juniper:
Located within the bounds of Logan Canyon in the Cache National Forest (between Idaho and Utah), the Jardine Juniper is an exquisite individual of the species Rocky Mountain Juniper. While it had been erroneously affiliated with an age well over 3,000 years, testing in 1950 confirmed that it is just over 1,500 years old. Reaching towards the skies for a total of 40 metres, it has a circumference of exactly 7.2 metres.
7. Old Jarrah Tree:
Whatever you may be looking for in Australia, you are bound to find it. If your quest involves majestic trees, then we are happy to tell you that the Old Jarrah Tree of Armadale is one of the oldest trees in the Perth Metropolitan Area (Western Australia). Estimated to be between 400 and 800 years old, the Eucalyptus Marginata has been saved two times from destruction by local communities. Bearing not only local but national significance, it has been included in both the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Areas and the Tree Register of the National Trust of Australia (Western Australia).
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned trees have you personally laid eyes upon and what can you tell us about them? Hit the comment section below and tell us all about it. See you next time!