Bizarre and Strange Trees From Around the World

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There are about 10,000 species of trees worldwide. Here are the most unusual and most peculiar trees from around the world.

The smallest known tree in the world is the Pygmy Pine, scientifically named Lepidothamnus laxifolius. Another common name for this tiny plant is Mountain Rimu. It is a species of conifer which is endemic to New Zealand. Its branches may be up to 5 mm in diameter and up to 1 meter long. It bears red and fleshy fruits which are borne terminally on the horizontal branches. It is rarely bigger than a small low-growing shrub

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Pygmy Pine- World’s Smallest Tree/New Zealand

Photo courtesy of Mullica – see more photos of him HERE

1. Divi-divi Tree – A Tree that Bows/Aruba

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Are you wondering what happened to this tree? The Divi-divi Tree (Cæsalpinia coriaria) on the picture is a strange-looking plant that is very popular in Aruba where it is known as ‘Watapana”. Why is it popular in Aruba? In Aruba, the tree is never straight due to the trade winds. This tree is native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and northern part of South America. It is the national tree of Curacao. Divi-divi can grow up to 9 meters in height.

2. Burmis Tree – A Long Standing-Dead Tree/Canada

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Quite bizarre but this tree is long been dead. This limber pine named Burmis Tree that can be found along Crownest Highway near Crownest Pass in Alberta, Canada died in the late 1970s. It’s been standing-dead for more than 20 years now. At the time of its death, its age was estimated to be between 600 and 750 years old.

It was toppled by strong wind in 1998 but the residents of the nearby area fixed the tree back up using rods and brackets. In 2004, a branch was cut by vandals but once again people in the nearby area came to the rescue with a gallon or two of glue and a prop pole. Likewise, the community rallied to have the new Highway 3 built around the tree rather than destroy the heritage symbol it has become. The Burmis Tree is purported to be one of the world’s most photographed trees.

3. The Tree of Life – A Unique Tree/USA

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In the Philippines, they call the coconut tree the ‘tree of life’ because the tree is very useful and beneficial. There is also a so-called ‘tree of life’ in the middle of a desert somewhere in Bahrain where it is a popular attraction.

The tree on the above-photo is also called the ‘tree of life” but unlike the first two ‘tree of life mentioned, it’s not a real tree – it’s an ‘Artificial Tree’. This 14 story artificial tree is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, USA. There is a theater under this 44 meter tree.

4. Sunland Baobab – A Tree with a Bar/South Africa

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Photos of Sunland Baobab courtesy of kobus kriel-see more of picture of him HERE

One of the most unusual trees in the world is the Sunland Baobab. This gigantic tree is located in Sunland Farm, Limpopo in South Africa. It is the largest of its species in the world -Adansonia digitata L. This tree is well-known worldwide because inside its hollowed trunk there is a bar and a wine cellar.

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This enormous tree has a diameter of 10.64 meters, a height of 19 meters and a crown diameter of 30.2 meters. The circumference of its trunk is 33.4 meters.

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This baobab is also commonly called Platland Baobab, Mooketsi Baobab and Pub Tree. The hollows of the tree have been turned into pub and wine cellar in 1993 by the owners of Sunland farm and this unusual landmark since then has turned into popular tourist destination.

5. Eucalyptus diversicolor – “Walk Through Karri”/Australia

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The ‘Walk Through Karri’ which is located in Beedelup National Park in Australia is a popular tourist attraction. A Karri wood is a beautiful mahogany color used extensively in the building industry, particularly in roofs due to the length and uninterrupted knot-free nature of the trunk. Its binomial name is Eucalyptus diversicolor. This eucalypt which is endemic to Australia can grow up to 90 meters, making it one of the tallest species in the world.

6. Derby Boab – The Prison Tree/Australia

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Boab’s binomial name is Adansonia gregorii. It’s a unique tree that is native to Australia and easily recognized by the swollen base of its trunk. It is the only baobab to occur in Australia. This tree can reach a height of 12 meters with extremely large trunk with diameter of more than 5 meters.

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Indigenous Australians obtained water from hollows in the tree. The Boab on the above picture is called ‘Boab Prison Tree’. It is located in Derby, Australia. This large hollow tree is reputed to have been used in the 1890s as a lockup for Aboriginal prisoners. It is still standing today and is now a tourist attraction.

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There is a fence now that surrounds the tree to protect it from vandalism.

7. Tetrameles nudifloras – The Building-eating Trees/Cambodia

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Tetrameles nudifloras are commonly known as Strangler Fig Trees. These trees are famous for growing in the Ta Prohm Temple ruins in Cambodia. They are slowly engulfing the temple which appears that they’re eating it. Strangler Fig trees can be found in many South and Southeast Asian countries. These trees grow in immense proportions of height and width.

8. Chandelier Tree – A Tree Where Cars Can Pass Through/USA

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Without a doubt, the Chandelier Tree is quite an unusual tree. This 96 meter tall coast redwood tree is located in Legget, California in the US. It has a hole that was carved on its base in the 1930s which is 1.83 meters wide and 2.74 meters high. A car can pass through it as shown on the picture.

9. Wawona Tree – A Tree with a Tunnel/USA

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Another tree with a hole on its base that allows car to pass through it is the Wawona Tree. This tree which is also known as the Wawona Tunnel Tree, was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park in California, USA This huge tree had a height of 69 m and was 27 m in circumference. In, 1881, a tunnel was cut through the tree in 1881 and became a popular tourist attraction. This tree, which is estimated to be 2,300 year-old, fell in 1969 because of an estimated two-ton load of snow on its crown.

10. Diamond Tree – A Tree with Ladder/Australia

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Aren’t you afraid of height? Then have some fun and adventure, climb the Diamond Tree, a giant Karri tree in Manjimup, Australia. It is a peculiar tree because it has a wooden viewing platform located 52 meters up. The platform was built in 1939 and is considered as the oldest wooden platform fire look-out still in use today.

11. Chene Chapelle – An Oak That Is a Chapel/France

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The Chene Chapelle is an oak in Seine-Maritime, France. Its name simply means Chapel Oak. It is estimated to be 1,000 year-old. This tree is the most popular tree in France. This 15 meter tall tree with a base circumference of 16 meters has a spiral staircase around the trunk that provides access to the two chapels on its hollow trunk built in 1669.

12. Wonderboom – The Miracle Tree/South Africa

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The tree on the above picture looks like an ordinary tree but it’s not – it’s actually a cluster of trees that originated from a single tree. The Miracle Tree or Wonder Tree which is more popularly known as the Wonderboom is a tree in Wonderboom Nature Reserve, a 1 km² reserve. It is centered on a wild willowleaf fig tree (Ficus salicifolia). This famous tree, believed to be more than a thousand year-old, is located in Magaliesberg Mountains, South Africa. There are three circles of daughter trees encircling the mother fig, with 13 distinct trunks, covering a 50m area. Other features of the Wonderboom Nature preserve include a Stone Age site that has given up the largest single accumulation of Neolithic tools ever found in South Africa. There is also an Iron Age site.

13. Bottle Tree – Weird-Looking Toxic Tree/Namibia

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The Bottle Tree (Pachypodium lealii) is a bizarre tree that grows along rocky hillsides of semi-desert areas. It also grows in basalt slopes and can reach a height of 6 meters. It is characterized by the thick bottle-shaped trunk, which is almost branchless until the top. Its few branches and covered by slender thorns up to 30 cm long. The tree is endemic to Namibia. This tree is poisonous. It produces watery latex that is rich in toxic alkaloids. This toxin, which can cause blindness, is used by local populations as arrow poison for hunting.

14. Balsam Fir – A Flag Tree/USA

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Why do they call a tree like this a “Flag tree”? This formation called flag tree or banner tree is caused by nature. The wind kills branches on the windward side, giving the tree a characteristic flag-like appearance. The Balsam Fir on the above picture in Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA appeared like a ‘flag tree’ because of trade winds.

15. Pinus albicaulis – A Krummholz Formation Tree/USA

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This Pinus albicaulis is located in Wenatchee National Forest in Washington, USA. Its weird appearance is caused by Krummholz formation. What is a Krummholz formation? The word is of German origin; krumm which means crooked, bent, twisted and Holz means wood. Krummholz is a particular feature of subartic and subalpine tree line landscapes. Trees which are continuously exposed to harsh, freezing winds will cause them to become stunted and deformed.

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