Trees have many purposes.
Trees give you a visual representation of the season. And most importantly, they clean the air. Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases. Trees absorb carbon monoxide from the air and release oxygen back into the air. Trees can also help in a person’s healing process.
According to TreePeople.org, studies have show that patients with views of trees outside their windows heal faster and with less complications. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.
Check out some of the most magnificent trees from around the world:
1. Flamboyant Tree
The Flamboyant tree is an iconic image in Puerto Rico. It’s also known as a Royal Poinciana, Flame Tree, Peacock Flower, and Gulmohar. The Flamboyant tree is originally from India but grows in dry climates across the world.
2. Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is unusual, and beautiful. It’s an unforgettable tree. The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is the only eucalyptus tree indigenous to the northern hemisphere. It grows in tropical forests that receive a lot of rain, such as, the Philippines, New Guinea and Indonesia. The tree can grow up to 250 feet tall in its native climate, and only grows 100-125 feet in other climates.
3. Wisteria Tree
The Wisteria tree has ten species of woody climbing vines native to the Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. In its maturity it can reach 6-10 feet tall, and 8-10 feet wide. There are 7 species of wisteria trees across the world.
4. Giant Sequoia
Giant Sequoia trees are… giant. Giant Sequoias have a very specific growing climate. They naturally grow online in a 260-mile strip of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The diameter of the trees are usually more than 20 feet, and 35 feet across. The largest sequoias are as tall as a 26-story building. The largest tree in the world by volume is a Giant Sequoia named General Sherman, boasting a total of 52,508 cubic feet.
5. Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges are located in Northern Ireland. They are an avenue of beech trees. The beech trees (150 to be exact) were planted along the entrance to a house in 1775 by a man named James Stuart. Of the 150 trees, about 90 remain. If you’ve seen HBO’s television series Game of Thrones, the picture above is probably very familiar (King’s Road). As of 2017, the Department of Infrastructure announced plans to close the road to traffic, due to visitor numbers causing damage and degradation to the site.
6. Cherry Blossom Tree
Cherry Blossom trees are my personal favorite. Cherry blossoms grow quickly but only have a 20-30 year life span. The cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan. Most trees bloom for one to two weeks. Cherry blossom trees can be found across the word in temperate zones including, Japan, Taiwan, Chine, India, Canada, the United States and more.
7. Tule Tree
The Tree of Tule or El Árbol del Tule is located in the church grounds of Santa María del Tule in Mexico. It has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. In 2005, its trunk had a circumference of 137.8 ft (42.0 m). At one point, because the tree is so large, many people assumed it was multiple trees. The Tree of Tule is estimated to be 1,200-3,000 years old (some claim it’s even 6,000 years old).
8. Windswept Tree
Windswept trees are located in the most southern point of New Zealand’s south island. The area has fierce, cold winds that come from Antarctica. The winds are so intense that the trees twist and warp in the direction of the wind.
9. Dragon Blood Tree
Dragon blood trees are native to the Socotra archipelago in Yemen. It gets its name from the red sap it produces. The sap is used to treat diarrhea, superficial wounds, bleeding, ulcers, dysentery and fever. The tree usually grows up to 32 feet in height.
10. Antarctic Beech
The Antarctic Beech tree thrives in wet, fire-free areas at high altitude in eastern Australia. They grow to about 80 feet tall and have large trunks. These trees live for a very long time, some are about 12,000 years old.
This isn’t your mama’s average Rhododendron. This specific Rhododendron is located in Canada. But, it’s not a tree. It’s more like a bush or shrub, though this one could definitely be considered a tree. It’s about 125 years old.