The World’s Most Unique and Unusual Trees

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Throughout the world there are some truly amazing and unique trees, many of them attracting visitors from near and far. In this post we’ll look at 10 that stand out. Some of types of trees and others are specific trees.

Axel Erlandson’s Circus Trees, California

Axel Erlandson shaped trees as a hobby and in 1947 he opened The Tree Circus to showcase the trees to the public. The trees are now a part of Gilroy Gardens, a garden-themed park in Gilroy, California. Axel Erlandson’s Circus Trees, California

Photo credit: Jay Peeples

Giant Sequoias, California

The Giant Sequoias are the world’s largest trees (in terms of total volume). The grow to an average height of around 150 – 275 feet and 20 – 25 feet in diameter. The grow only in the groves of Sierra Nevada, California. “General Sherman”, located in Sequoia National Park, is the largest known single tree. Giant Sequoias, California

Photo credit: Josh Gallaway

Árbol del Tule (The Tule Tree), Mexico

Located in Santa María del Tule in Mexico, The Tule Tree has the widest trunk of any tree in the world, more than 38 feet wide. It is estimated to be between 1,200 – 3,000 feet. Árbol del Tule (The Tule Tree), Mexico

Photo credit: Paul Hickman

Banyan Tree, India

The national tree of India, the banyan trees are seen as sacred by the Hindus because of its medicinal value to treat and cure diseases. The look of the tree is distinct because of its tangle of branches, roots, and trunks. Banyan Tree, India

Photo credit: Barbara Monroe

Baobab Tree, Madagascar

The Baobab trees of Madagascar are some of the most unique looking trees in the world. The grow to heights anywhere from 15 – 100 feet and have trunk diameters up to about 35 feet. Baobab Tree, Madagascar

Photo credit: Jose Luis Hitos

El Arbol de La Sabina, Canary Islands

El Arbol de La Sabina, a Phoenicean Juniper, is a well-known tree in the Canary Islands. El Arbol de La Sabina, Canary Islands

Photo credit: Carlos SM

Pirangi Cashew Tree, Brazil

The Pirangi Cashew Tree near Natal, Brazil covers nearly 2 acres. The trees uniqueness is due to a genetic mutation that causes it to grow sideways instead of upwards. It’s branches have grown their own roots, making it look like many different trees. Pirangi Cashew Tree, Brazil

Photo credit: LeRoc

Tree of Life, Bahrain

The Tree of Life in Bahrain has been given it’s name because it is miles away from other vegetation in the heart of the desert, making its existence a mystery. It is believed to have roots up to several hundred feet deep that reach a water source. Tree of Life, Bahrain

Photo credit: Alex Europa

Dragon Tree, Canary Islands

The Dragon Tree at Icod de los Vinos in Tenerife is thought to be 650 – 1500. It has many small trunks and gives off a resin that is said to be the dried blood of dragons. Dragon Tree, Canary Islands

Photo credit: Danielle Paccaloni

Wollemi Pine, Australia

The Wollemi Pine was only known through fossil record until a living tree was found in Australia in 1994 by David Noble, a filed officer at Wollemi National Park. The exact location is still undisclosed to the public and less than 100 trees are growing in the wild. Wollemi Pine, Australia

Photo credit: Tony Rodd

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