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Nature's Beauty: Unusual And Beautiful Trees Grow All Around The World

Date January 31, 2018 12:21

Human imagination can produce works of art, but it is simply amazing how nature is the one creating the masterpieces. The variety of shapes and colors makes trees one of nature's favorite canvases. Meet the delightful world of trees where no two branches are alike.

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Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. - Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet

1. Chapel Oaktree, France

The Chêne Chapelle, as this particular tree is known in France, is between 800 and 1,200 years old with a height of almost 50 feet. It actually hosts two chapels with a staircase around the tree as an entrance to both of them.

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2. Rubber trees of the Cherrapunji

Common in the Indian state of Meghalaya, these strange bridges are made from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees. They have been handmade for centuries by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples and serve as natural bridges for humans and animals. 

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3. Rainbow Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree of the Eucalyptus species that can grow up to 200 feet. It is the only Eucalyptus tree that can be found in the Northern Hemisphere. The amazing colors of the bark are a consequence of the tree shedding parts of its bark at different times.

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4. Dragon Blood Tree

Dracaena cinnabari is native to an archipelago in the Arabian sea, namely the islands of Socotra which are part of Yemen. The tree got its unusual name from the red sap it produces.

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5. Boab Prison Tree

Located near Derby, Western Australia, it is speculated that this tree was used as a prison for indigenous Australians, although there is no evidence to support this claim. The tree itself is 1,500 years old with a girth of 48 feet.

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6. The Cannonball tree

Cannonball tree is a deciduous species of tree that is characterized by its fragrant flowers and large, cannonball-like fruits. It is native to Central and South America, but can also be found in India and South-East Asia, where it even has cultural and religious significance. Its various health properties are also well documented and widely used. 

7. Flamboyant tree

The flamboyant tree is rather obviously named after the vibrant colors that can be found in its crown. It is also called royal poinciana as well as the "flame tree." The tree is actually a type of legume with distinctive fern-like leaves.

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8. The President

The President tree is a giant sequoia and a famous tourist attraction in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, California. With a staggering height of 247 feet and a 27 ft diameter, it is the second largest tree in the world by volume of the trunk. This tree is the oldest living sequoia with an age of around 3,200 years.

9. Wisteria

Wisteria is a tree with exceptionally beautiful flowers from the legume family. Originally from China, Korea, and Japan, the tree has been planted in the Eastern United States because of its undeniable beauty.

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10. Japanese maple

This tree owes its fame to the spectacular colors and shapes of its leaves. Also, its dome-like form with multiple trunks joining close to the ground gives the tree a breathtaking appearance. As its name implies, the tree is native to East Asia, but it has been introduced to Europe and North America.

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11. The Angel Oak

This southern live oak can be found in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island, South Carolina. The tree got its name after a slave couple that is seen appearing near the tree as angels. Their names were Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. The tree's incredibly large crown creates a shade that covers 17,200 square feet. 

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12. Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges is the name given to an avenue of beech trees in Northern Ireland. The trees form a tunnel which stretches along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum. Because it was used as a location on the hugely popular TV series Game of Thrones, the avenue has become a tourist attraction.

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It is up to us to preserve the trees so that those that come after us can enjoy their beauty and the fresh air they produce.

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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