The tallest, the widest, the holiest, the most colorful and more. From a lone tree in the dessert to the one the Buddha found enlightenment under, these trees have become acclaimed landmarks. Here are twelve of the coolest, most unbelievable trees from around the world.
12. General Sherman
This is the largest tree in the world. Located in Sequoia National Park in California, which is home to half of the world’s ten largest trees, the General Sherman is believed to be over 2,000 years old. it has an astoundding height of 275 feet with an diameter of 25 feet.
In the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Japan, the Wisteria tree is seemingly to many, the most beautiful tree in the world. One tree in the park stands out against the others as the largest and oldest tree of its type in Japan, dating back to the late 19th century. Its amazing expanse makes it look like a pink sky when it is in bloom.
10. The Hardy Tree
Located in London near an old church is an ash tree encircled by gravestones, known as the Hardy tree. In the 1860s, Tom Hardy was given the task of removing buried tombs for the construction of a Railway. Hundreds of tombstones were moved to surround the tree during this time, and the tree continues to grow among them.
9. Angel Oak Tree
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the angel oak tree tree is about 400 years old. It base is 28 feet in circumference, it is 66 feet tall, but its branches may be the most extreme in the world. With its longest branch measuring 187 feet from tip to tip, this is one of the shadiest trees in the world, producing shade that covers thousands of square feet.
8. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, this Ficus is said to be the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. Known as the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, it is one of the most sacred trees in the world. It can be dated back the 3rd century BC, and was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa, making it the oldest human-planted tree. It was tended to by kings over the centuries and many motions have been made to protect and preserve it, including a golden fence that was constructed around it.
7. The Arbol de Tule
The Arbol de Tule is located in the Mexican state Oaxaca. It has the largest tree trunk in the world, with a girth so unbelievable that it was originally thought to be multiple trees.
It has an impressive circumference of 138 feet.
It is also really old. It is estimated to be no younger than 1,200 years old, but as old as 3,000.
6. The Tree of Life
The famous Tree of Life is believed by some to be where the Garden of Eden used to flourish. Located in present-day Bahrain, it is a large mesquite tree that is between 400 and 500 years old. It considered to be a miracle because it is the only tree for long stretches of barren desert.
5. The Baob Prison Tree
Located near Derby, Western Australia, there is a large hollow tree with a natural entrance, known as The Baob prison tree. It is said that this tree was used in the late 19th century by the indigenous Australians for keeping prisoners before their sentencing. It has become a popular tourist attraction and a fence had to be put up to avoid damage and vandalism to the tree
4. The Cedars of God
Perhaps the most holy trees in the world, the cedars of God in Northern Lebanon are mentioned in the bible more than 70 times. While cedars flourished in the region centuries before, today only about 400 trees remain. These trees have a long history, and were used to build the first temple in Jerusalem and by the ancient Egyptians to make mummies.
3. The Avenue of the Baobabs
With trees that almost don’t look real, the baobabs in Western Madagascar surround a dirt road that has become a popular tourist attraction, known as the avenue of the baobabs. While there used to be a lush tropical forest with hundreds of them, now there only remains about 20, due population growth and deforestation. These 800 year old trees have become famous since as they tower over the lone dirt road in Menabe at nearly 100 feet tall.
Tree of Tenere
The famous tree of Tenere tree is alone for at least 250 miles in the Nigerian desert. Its persistence to grow under such rough circumstances and beautiful solitude made it a miraculous site. The acacia tree was a landmark admired by locals for decades until it was ran over in 1973 by a truck driver. Now a plaque remains in its place and the tree’s remained were treasured by a nearby museum.
Anne Frank’s Tree
During the two years Anne Frank hid in the attic in Amsterdam, the tree outside her window earned many references in her diary. The tree was one of the oldest white horse chestnuts in the country, until it collapse in the early millennium from natural withering.
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