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21 Spectacular and unique trees and forests around the world

Nature is awesome, and these incredible unique trees prove it.

Often, we take nature for granted. Especially when it comes to trees. Yet, trees have been celebrated and even worshiped since the dawn of time. Many unique trees have medicinal qualities, while others are just stunning to look at. One thing all trees have in common is their ability to help offset carbon emissions, which makes them even more special.

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Today we’d like to celebrate this amazing part of nature by showing you some of the most unique trees around the world.

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Beautiful Unique Trees

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

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Firstly, the otherworldly-looking baobab can be found in Madagascar. As shown above, these massive, ancient trees are some of Africa’s most unique. They can live for thousands of years and grow to reach almost 100 feet. 

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Wisteria tunnels, Japan

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This beautiful and whimsical flowering vine looks like something out of a fairytale. From late April/early May, there is a festival to celebrate the Wisteria. The island of Kyushu hosts this festival, known as Fuji Matsuri and this is where the 330-foot-long tunnels of beautiful unique trees of wisteria grow. 

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Rainbow eucalyptus, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines

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Native to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. These unique trees are called rainbow eucalyptus. Everytime the bark peels off, it revels new beautiful colors such as pink, bright green, orange and purple.

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Dragon’s blood trees, Socotra Island

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These trees not only look incredible, but they also have an incredible name too. Known as Dragon’s blood trees, they grow on an Island called Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean. The island was once part of the mainland, which is why it now has such diverse flora. Of the 825 different plant species found there, 37% can be found nowhere else on earth.

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Bamboo forests, Japan

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While bamboo is not technically a tree, it is actually grass. However, a forest of bamboo is a lot more tree like than grass like! Kyoto in Japan is known for its dense forests of bamboo. They can also be found in Hawaii, Maui.

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Angel Oak, South Carolina

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It’s estimated that this incredible unique tree is 300-400 years old. It’s an Angel Oak and can be found in South Carolina, in the Angel Oak Park on Johns Island.

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Giant sequoias, California

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As a matter of fact, the largest (in volume) most magnificent trees in the world can be found inside the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. One of these trees is called “General Sherman” and it is considered to be the world’s largest tree by trunk volume. Additionally, the park has over 8,000 sequoia trees which can each reach up to 3400 years in age.

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Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

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In Northern Ireland exists a magical tunnel of beech trees. It was planted in County Antrim back in the 18th century. Accordingly, these unique trees were even featured in the popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.

Dead Vlei trees, Namibia

Barren trees in the Namib desert at Deadvlei
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As shown above, in the image, the Namibia desert is one of Africa’s most surreal and special places. Around 900 years ago in Sossusvlei, what is now a clay landscape was once the Tsauchab river floodplain. All the trees that once thrived here have died.

Also, many of the trees that remain standing are over 1000 years old. However, it’s now too dry for the Dead Vlei trees to decompose. So, they now eerily remain scorched black by the sun.

Cherry blossoms, Japan

Himeji, Japan at Himeji Castle in spring season
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Everyone adores cherry blossoms, and in Tokyo exist some of the most beautiful trees. Especially within the ground of the Imperial Palace. Each year, the cherry blossoms bloom, and Japan hosts festivals in their honor.

Redwoods, California

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Another Cali tree. The redwoods of Califonia are well known. As can be seen, these gorgeous trees are the tallest on the planet. Additionally, these magnificent unique trees can reach 367 feet tall with a base width of up to 22 feet.

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

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In Camobia exists a temple known as Ta Prohm. Located in Siem Reap, the old stonework ruins are slowly becoming engulfed by ceiba and fig trees. Basically the perfect example of nature taking back what is hers.

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Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, California, Utah, Nevada

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These pines are extremely unique trees and only grow in Utah, Nevada, and California. Known as the Great Basin bristlecone, these surreal trees can grow in harsh climates. As a result, and thanks to their prolonged growth rate, they can stay insect and fungi-free. This means they can survive for a very long time; many of these unique trees are older than 5,000 years.

Blue jacaranda, South America

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If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see these magnificent trees bloom, you’ll know just how breathtaking the blue jacaranda really is. They can be found in South America, where they are natively from. However, many other places in the world now, too, are lucky enough to see the blue blossomed ornamental trees, including South Africa, Australia, Hawaii, Kenya, Zambia, and Tanzania. Despite this tree’s immense beauty, it is, in fact, an invasive species in places other than South America.

Ponderosa pines, Utah

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Another special pine tree. This is one of the tallest in the American South West. The Ponderosa Pine can reach 200 feet tall. Found in a Canyon that has been named after them, they can be found in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. The bark of this unique tree smells like butterscotch, so there is no way you’ll misidentify one if you get a wiff!

Banyan trees, India

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These are native to India; this tree is stout, wide, and short. The reason for the unique and unusual trunk is that these trees are, in fact, many trees growing very closely together. Additionally, one of the oldest Banyan trees is called the Arbol del Tule and is somewhere between 1,433 and 1,600 years old. It is located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Axel Erlandson’s art trees, California

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While not natural, tree shaping is an interesting hobby and this Swedish-American farmer was quite the expert. Some of Axel Erlandson’s trees from 1947 are still alive and can be seen at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California.

Joshua trees, American Southwest

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This unique tree is actually not a tree, but what is known as an agave. Additionally, being a type of succulent, they retain water inside their stems.They hail from the South West of America.

Spider trees, Pakistan

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In Pakistan, 5 years ago, spiders fled as waters rose during the 2010 floods. Accordingly, this resulted in the trees being covered by cocoons of spider webs.

Buttress roots

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Many trees create these unique looking roots, known as “buttress roots.”. Most commonly seen inside rainforests, they are considered part of the trunk of the tree and help keep it standing upright.

Japanese maples

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Also, more beautiful unique trees from Japan! Finally, the Japanese maples are some of the most beautiful and vibrantly colored trees in the world. Native to Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, and Russia, these special trees have existed since the 1800s. Every Japanese maple tree is unique thanks to its various leaf-formations, colors, and overall tree shape. Over 1,000 varieties of this tree exist.

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Jade Small
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Jade is a freelance writer and content creator from South Africa with over 7 years experience writing and creating. She's also a proud single mom to a super 13 year old boy.
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