You don’t have to be a tree hugger or an arborist to appreciate the beauty of trees. You will be in awe when you’re standing in front of a beautiful tree! Every single tree contributes to the beauty of our landscape and our environment, creating a beautiful masterpiece. With so many trees in the world, only a handful are able to stand out from the rest. Check out these 5 magnificent trees throughout the world!! They are nothing like you’ve seen before (that is unless you actually have seen them).
1. The Lone Cypress
Cypress trees are commonly found on the central coast of California. Currently, these species of trees are naturally found in only two regions of California: Monterey and Carmel, California. The Lone Cypress has been growing along the Monterey Peninsula for over 250 years. This Cypress stands out from the rest of the bunch because it is the most prominent and only tree growing on a cliff along the “17 mile drive”.
2. Circus Trees
Axel Erlandson an American farmer who had an interesting hobby of shaping trees. Erlandson was a skilled horticulturist and devoted much of his life to creating and crafting trees that were extraordinary. While driving through California, Erlandson got the idea of creating weird trees to attract tourists and visitors. He decided to open his roadside attraction featuring “The Tree Circus” in 1947.
Erlandson’s trees made multiple debuts in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and attracted many visitors later on. One of his most famous trees was the Basket Tree. The Basket Tree was created by planting 6 sycamore trees in a circle and grafting them together to create a diamond pattern. The landscape construction and shape of the trees are definitely worth seeing. They attest to both natural and artistic beauty!
3. The General Sherman Sequoia
These trees are only native to the US and grow only specific to Sierra, Nevada and in parts of California. The biggest sequoia tree is named “General Sherman”. It grows in the Sequoia National Park in California. The “General Sherman” is a 2,200 year old tree at about 275 feet tall and weighs over 6000 tons.
4. The Trembling Giant
The Trembling Giant, also known as Pando (“I spread” translated from Latin) is native to the Fishlake National Forest located in South Central Utah. Pando is a collection of trees that is one single living organism. This means that the many individual trees all stem from one single root. Collectively, The Trembling Giant weighs at around 6,600 tons. The root system of the Pando is around 80,000 years old, making it one of the oldest living organisms that we know of.
5. The Baobab
The Baobab is also known as the monkey bread tree. They are very unique trees native to Madagascar, parts of Africa and Australia. These trees are distinctive because they have swollen trunks that are able to store plenty of water perfect for desert conditions. In fact, these trees can store over 31,000 gallons of water. The biggest cluster of baobab trees can be found in the Baobab Ave located in Madagascar.
Emily Li works for The Premiere Tree Services of Chapel Hill, SC, providing the best tree service in Chapel Hill NC. Emily’s favorite tree out of the 5 has to be the baobabs. They are funky and fun all on their own!