16 Wonderful Trees That Prove Nature Is Capable Of Amazing Things
Complex and beautiful, trees are the most amazing wonders of our natural world and have been providing for humans since our beginnings.
1. Methuselah Tree is 4,843 years old
Located in the White Mountains of California, this famous bristlecone pine was long believed to be the oldest living non-colonal organism in the world until the discovery of another bristlecone which was believed to be well over 5,000 years old.
2. Single Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit
This amazing tree has been engineered to grow 40 different kinds of stone fruits, ranging from peaches to cherries. It’s nothing short of a modern marvel, opening the door to many new trees that can help feed people in harsher climates.
3. 144-Year-Old Japanese Pink Wisteria Tree
Covering an area of over 2,000 square meters, this tree has been part of the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan since 1870. Because of the nature of Wisteria trees spreading, it’s heavy branches are now supported by metal structures allowing tourists to get amazing photo opportunity below its canopy.
4. General Sherman, the giant sequoia, is the single tallest single stem tree in the entire world.
Located in California’s Sequoia National Park, this magnificent tree is over 275 feet tall and is estimated to be anywhere from 2,300 to 2700 years old.
5. African Boabab Trees
In what looks like something from another planet, Boabab trees have their unique shape due to the water they store in their trunks because of the long droughts in the harsh African climate. Some of the larger Boababs have been found to have over 32,000 gallons of water stored in their trunks during the peak rainy seasons.
6. Angel Oak Tree
Located in Charleston South Carolina, this Southern Live Oak is thought to be almost 1400 years old. Some of it’s branches are nearly 200 feet in length.
7. Circus Trees
These genetically engineered trees were designed by horticulturalist Axel Erlandson. These trees could be bent and contorted to all sorts of shapes making them a living wonder attraction for many people throughout the 1940s and 50s.
8. The Hundred Horse Chestnut
9. The Rainbow Eucalyptus
These colorful trees have bright green bark that can often change tones as the tree ages or the weather changes making it appear to almost have a rainbow appearance ranging from orange, purple, blue and maroon.
10. 400 year old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree.
Even though 400 years doesn’t make it the oldest bonsai tree currently living, this tree is special because it survived the Hiroshima nuclear bombing in 1945. It now is in the National Bonsai museum in Washington, D.C.
11. Arbol del Tule
This Montezuma Cypress is located in the town square of Santa Maria del Tula in Mexico. It’s unique trunk is considered to be the thickest in the world. The exact age of the tree is unknown, with estimates ranging from 1,200 years all the way up to a whopping 3,000 years old.
12. Boab Prison Tree
The hollow trunk of this Boab tree located in Derby, Western Australia was supposedly once used by indigenous Australians as a holding cell for criminals. Of course this is just a legend as there is no supporting evidence that this was the case.
13. Another old Oak, The Major Oak, is over 1,000 years old.
Located in the heart of Sherwood forest in Nottinghamsire, England, this tree was allegedly once Robin Hood’s hideout according to local legends. It’s become weak in recent years requiring branches to be supported by man made structures.
14. Banyan Tree
Banyan trees are a type of fig that actually start out growing on the trunks of other trees. The host trees eventually die from the Banyan taking over causing them to rot away and giving the tree its unique “hollowed-out” look that its famous for.
15. Olive Tree of Vouves from
Considered to be one of the oldest living olive trees, Crete, Greece’s ‘Tree of Vouves,’ is thought to be easily over 3,000 years old. It still produces olives that are extremely prized.
16. The Windswept Trees of Slope Point, New Sealand
The various trees that grow in this southern area of New Zealand are exposed to the harsh Antarctic winds causing them to constantly be subjected to strong winds. Their signature “sideways look” are a reminder of the tenacity of mother nature.
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