Trees are an incredible part of nature, vital to our everyday survival. Trees dot city squares, suburban landscapes, and uninhabited forests all over the world. With some 400 billion trees on the planet, and over 23,000 different kinds of trees, it takes an extra special something to make a tree stand out.
Even common trees are amazing enough, but some trees are just spectacular, whether by their sheer size, age or shape or through mysterious properties they seem to possess. There are probably hundreds of majestic and magnificent trees in the world – of these, some are particularly special. Here we present some of the top 10 Most Amazing, Most Magnificent, Most Exotic and wonderful trees from around the world.
1. Giant Sequoia Tree, California, USA
The General Sequoia tree is the prime attraction of the Sequoia National Park, California, and for a good reason – General Sequoia is the world’s largest tree by volume. While it’s not the tallest or widest, it certainly is among the tallest and widest trees in the world, and has the best height by width value (meaning volume). The magnificent tree is estimated to be around 2,300 to 2,700 years old (one of the oldest in the world). Its height is 83.8 meters (275 ft) and its diameter is 7.7 m (25 ft).
2. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of big baobab trees lining a dirt road in western Madagascar. This amazing and unique landscape draws many tourists from all around the world, making the Avenue of the Baobabs one of the most popular attractions in the area and one of the most famous landmarks in Africa.
3. Dragon Blood Trees, Socotra, Yemen
Also known as Socotra Dragon Tree, this beautiful strange species is endemic to the Socotra archipelago – a group of 4 islands in the Indian Ocean, belonging to Yemen. The fruits of the tree are small fleshy berries which exude a deep red resin, known as dragon’s blood.
4. Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, Japan
The spring cherry blossom of the Japanese Cherry is world famous for its breathtaking beauty. While the cherry blossom can be found in many places in the world, in Japan it’s truly part of the culture and will often be found in festivals and other displays.
5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges is a long beautiful avenue of Beech trees that were planted by a family in the 18th century. The avenue is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, visited by many tourists all year round. It as one of the locations used by the production of Game of Thrones (as the road leading to and from King’s Landing).
6. Methuselah Trees, California, USA
Methuselah is a specific tree of the species Great Basin Bristlecone pine. Methuselah is one of the oldest trees in the world at an age of over 4,800 years. Until recently it was thought to be the oldest living tree, but another tree located in the same grove was found to be over 5,000 years old. Both trees are located in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, California. The exact location of Methuselah in the forest is not published and the tree itself is not marked to protect it from vandalism.
7. Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees, Kauai, Hawaii
The rainbow eucalyptus has a unique colorful bark. It’s not often that you see a tree that has a natural blue, purple or orange colors on its trunk. These trees often seem like they came from the imagination of a Hollywood writer trying to picture other worlds. The rainbow eucalyptus can reach a height of over 200 ft (61 meters). The species is native to New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao, but the trees in the pictures were taken in a rainbow eucalyptus grove in Maui, Hawaii.
8. The Largest Wisteria, Japan
This spectacular wisteria plant is both the largest and oldest wisteria in Japan. It was planted around 1870 and is located in Ashikaga Flower Park in the city of Ashikaga, not far from Tokyo. Despite looking much like a tree, a wisteria is not a tree but rather a vine. The branches can get very heavy and have a hard time supporting their own weight. So a steel structure was built to help support this giant wisteria, allowing visitors to walk under the beautiful blossoming branches of the old plant and enjoy a wonderful experience.
9. Wind Swept Trees, New Zealand
These trees on Slope Point, the southern tip of New Zealand, grow at an angle because they’re constantly buffeted by extreme antarctic winds. The winds are so intense in this part of New Zealand that the trees are bent, twisted, and blown in all sorts of directions from the continuous force.
10. Crooked Forest, Poland
The Crooked Forest in the beautiful forests list, but with only 400 trees in the forest. Crooked Forest is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees. This young forest was planted around 1930 and has about 400 pines. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. Some believe that the woods were deliberately grown this way to make “Compass Timbers”, or trees that are deliberately shaped for the purpose of using those odd shapes in ship building. Another theory is that tanks from WWII are the cause, rolling over the young trees snapping the stem, but still surviving, forcing them to grow in the direction they were ran over.