Trees are great, aren’t they? They give us shade in the summer, wood for our fires in the winter, we can build awesome treehouses on them, and most importantly - they produce oxygen! The great jungles of the world house a variety of flora and fauna that hold potential cures for diseases. Oh, and let’s not forget that all of your favorite fruits grow on trees.
With this on my mind, I decided to dedicate this post to the world’s most beautiful trees. Enjoy!
1. The Baobab Trees
If you read The Little Prince, you might remember them - The Baobab Trees. This photo was taken in Madagascar and the reason for the Baobab's unique trunk is that it's used to store water for the dry seasons.
2. Wisteria Tree
This 144 years old Wisteria Tree is located in Japan, its size is about half an acre and it is the biggest of its kind.
3. Dragonblood Tree
The fantastically named Dragonblood Tree grows in Yemen and got its name from its dark, red sap. The sap was highly prized in ancient times because it was used both to dye materials and for medicinal purposes.
4. The Flamboyant Tree
The Flamboyant Tree is native to Brazil but can be found in many tropical and subtropical locations around the world.
5. The Avenue of Oaks
Planted around the 1790s, this is the Avenue of Oaks, located on the Dixie Plantation in South Carolina, U.S.A.
6. The Wind Swept Trees
Found on the southern tip of New-Zealand, in a place called Slope Point, these are the Wind Swept Trees. Aptly named as they're constantly beaten by the arctic winds that also cause them to grow this way.
7. The Rainbow Eucalyptus
I had a hard time believing this was real, but this is the Rainbow Eucalyptus (Hawaii, U.S.A.) which grows in the South-Pacific area. The amazing color variations are naturally formed when the tree sheds bits of its bark as it grows.
8. Cherry Trees
The blossoming of the Cherry Trees in Bonn, Germany.
9. The Sequoia Tree
The 3rd largest Sequoia tree in the world. The President is located in the Sequoia National Park, California, U.S.A., it stands 410 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m).
10. The Japanese Maple Tree
10. The Angel Oak
Estimated to be between 1400 and 1500 years old, the Angel Oak is 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and is located in St. John's Island, South Carolina, U.S.A.
11. The Antarctic Beech
Native to Chile & Argentina, the Antarctic Beech also grows throughout the United States & Britain. This particular specimen, covered in beautiful hanging moss, can be found in Oregon, U.S.A.
12. Maple Trees
Courtesy: flickr/Kashif Pathan
Also located in Oregon is this tunnel of Maple Trees.
13. The Dark Hedges' Beech Trees
The Dark Hedges is one of the most photographed avenues of beech trees, located in Northern Ireland, it has been famous for over 200 years, and was even featured in the TV show Game of Thrones.
14. Jacaranda Trees
These beauties are Jacaranda Trees, pictured in the full glory of their violet bloom. They are located in Cullinan, South Africa.
15. A Rhododendron
Last but not least, one of the more amazing-looking trees on this list is this 125 years old Rhododendron tree. While technically a shrub and not a tree, it gets a free pass into the list for sheer beauty alone.