Trees are very important to us. They give us warmth, shelter, food and help keep the environment safe. There are so many types of trees in the world that vary in size, have an unusual shape and have their own distinctive features. In this article, we will share some unusual, unique and strange trees that will surprise you.
10 Wollemi Pine (Australia)
The Wollemi Pine or “Dinosaur Tree” is one of the largest botanical discoveries made in Sydney in 1994. These strange-looking tall trees were found in the Wollemi Nature Park, 150 km from Sydney. They can grow up to 40 meters in height and belong to the coniferous family. The trunk of this tree can reach about 1 meter in diameter, and its branches can grow sideways or vertically, depending on the origin. This is a rare species, so colossal efforts have been made to preserve them.
9. Tule tree (found in Mexico)
This famous tree in the Mexican state of Oaxaca grows in downtown Santa Maria de Tule. The strangest and most remarkable is its trunk, which is considered the strongest in the world. Although the exact age of this tree is not known, it is believed to be between 1200 and 3000 years old.
8. Dragon Tree (Canary Islands)
Dragon trees are shaped like an umbrella, which is why they are famous. This tree has become a living symbol of the Canary Islands, and the first inhabitants of the island considered it divine. The dragon tree grows in Madeira and Cape Verde, but is also found in parts of Mexico. Its age ranges from 650‑1000 years.
7. General Sherman (USA)
General Sherman is one of the largest single trunk trees on earth with a height of 90 meters. It can be seen in the Sequoia National Park in California. This huge tree is also one of the oldest living with an age of 2300–2700 years. The base of the trunk reaches 34 meters in circumference. This is one of the tallest and most unusual trees in the world. Read more about sequoias in the article “Sequoia: a giant tree”
6 Silk Cotton Trees (Cambodia)
These silk-cotton trees are located in the province of Sim Ream in Cambodia and have a number of amazing features. A hundred years ago, the place of growth of these trees was unexplored, but today it is included in the Angokar Archaeological Park. The trunks of this tree go up to the sky and create a canopy, and countless roots are randomly tangled on the ground.
5. El Arbol de la Sabina (Spain)
You have definitely seen that every tree grows vertically, and some are slightly sloping. However, El Arbol de la Sabina is a completely different and unusual sight. This tree grows in the direction of the wind and changes its shape many times a year. It looks really amazing!
4. Baobab (Madagascar)
Around the world there are about 9 species of baobab. Six of them are from Madagascar, and two from the Arabian Peninsula and mainland Africa. The ninth is from Australia. In Madagascar, you can see baobabs of different sizes and shapes, which are over 1000 years old. These trees can grow up to an impressive 30 meters and their trunk diameter can be up to 12 meters. The most unique feature of this tree is that it can stand without leaves for almost the entire year, but its trunks are able to store large reserves of water and other useful substances.
3. Cashew Tree Piranga (Brazil)
This is one of the largest cashew trees in the world. It grows over 2 acres and is 177 years old. Cashew piranga grows near Natal, Brazil. According to local legends, it was planted by local fishermen in 1888. They definitely didn’t realize that the tree would grow so huge and cover almost the entire surrounding area, and the branches would touch the ground. This cashew tree produces almost 10,000 fruits a year.
2. Tree of Life (Bahrain)
The Tree of Life is one of the most unusual and strange trees on our planet. He managed to live 400 years without water, in extreme desert conditions. It’s amazing that he managed to survive in a place where nothing else grows. This tree represents life, which is why it got its name. It attracts many tourists, and locals believe that this is where the Garden of Eden was actually located.
1. Tree-Basket (USA)
Axel Erlandson is a gardener who gave original shape to trees. He began shaping trees after studying the natural binding process known scientifically as inosculation. He practiced a combination of bending and grafting to give tree trunks intricate shapes. To create the basket tree, Erland planted 6 plane trees in a circle and then pressed them together to create diamond patterns. This Basket is the main attraction of Gilory Gardens.
Each of these trees is unique, and also has its own unique history. If you are ever lucky enough to visit these places, be sure to take a look at them and enjoy the wonderful creation of nature.