Some tourists are fascinated by the beauty of structures built in times long gone but there are those who enjoy natural variety a bit more. For those people who pertain to the latter group (and for everyone else who is interested), we are here to share the most awe-inspiring trees of the world. Note that this is not a competition for all natural wonders are equal in beauty!
1. Rainbow Eucalyptus:
Also known as “Eucalyptus deglupta”, these fascinating trees can grow up to 60 metres in height and 2 metres in width. What’s interesting about this species is that it is the only type of Eucalyptus reaching into the Northern Hemisphere. They enjoy the tropical climate zones the most, so you that is where you should start out if you wish to look for them. New Britain, Seram, Sulawesi, Mindanao and New Guinea are all places that they are quite abundant at but we can give you something more tangible: keep your eyes peeled in Maui, Hawaii.
2. Dragonblood Trees:
Scientifically known as the “Dracaena cinnabari”, these wonderful creations of Mother Earth populate the Socotra archipelago of the Arabian Sea. Resembling an umbrella with their thick crowns, these trees were nicknamed after the aforementioned creature due to the distinctly red sap that they cannot help but produce. Know that this sap is even used by locals for dyes. If you wish to bask in their natural brilliance, you should start your journey in Yemen.
3. Baobab Trees:
Madagascar has many unique features that cannot elude the eye and the Baobab Trees are one of them. Formally known as “Adansonia digitata”, the Baoab trees are generally found in savannahs and sub-savannahs. Generally recognised by their thick trunks and scarce crowns, these trees have a couple of colloquial names: dead-rat tree, monkey-bread tree, upside-down tree, and cream of tartar tree. If the Madagascar movies didn’t make you want to visit the place, then these trees definitely should (wink)!
4. Ponthus’ Beech:
We all know how legends are born but we can rarely trace back certain facts to their origins. Ponthus’ Beech is an example of this facet of existence as it is a massive mossy creation of Mother Earth decorating a forest in Bretagne. The legend that pertains to it speaks of a knight named Ponthus who lived in a castle that used to stand in its stead. After failing to produce an heir, Ponthus began blaspheming all about it. God then punished him by destroying his castle and making the tree that we can see today grow from its ruins. Whether you believe in the legend or not, you should still pay a visit to the Pride of France.
We all know who Methuselah was according to the Hebrew Bible – the man who attained the longest life ever known (969 years). Named after this man, the Methuselah tree of the White Mountains (eastern California) did the same but in terms of tree years – it is nearly 5,000 years old (4,848, to be precise). Known also as a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva), the Methuselah can be found within the bounds of the Inyo National Forest.
6. Blown-Back Trees:
The beauty of New Zealand can be admired by simply watching Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings or Hobbit series yet if you yearn for some more grandeur, you had better head over to the celebrated Blown-Back Trees. Located upon the southern tip of the island at Slope Point, these fascinating natural incarnations assumed those positions after having been “urged” to do so by strong Antarctic winds. Definitely a must-see!
7. Angel Oak:
We could not have ended the list on a higher note. The massive “Quercus virginiana” can be found in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island, South Carolina. Estimated to be 500 years old, Angel Oak is 20 metres tall and has a branch as long as 57 metres. What’s interesting about it is that it was damaged in 1989 by Hurricane Hugo but like most adamant sages, it withstood it with pride.
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