If you’re a nature lover, or love plants, or simply looking to discover unusual places, you might want to consider meeting ten of the world’s most famous trees. Your friends might look at you like you’re a weirdo, but really now, embarking on a trip to see some of nature’s magnificent trees will take you to unexpected places, and evidently, to unexpected adventures. And even though L’Arbre du Tenere which was once considered the most isolated tree on Earth, a landmark on the caravan routes in the Sahara, was knocked down by a drunk Libyan truck driver in 1973 and in August this year, Anne Frank’s famous tree in Amsterdam was blown down by a storm, there are still many special trees out there.
Arbol del Tule is one of those trees. Located in the town center of Santa Maria del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Arbol de Tule has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees stuck together however tests have proven to be only one tree. Arbol del Tule is estimated to be between 1,200-3,000 years old.
The Avenue of Baobabs is a famous group of trees situated between Morondava and Belon’I Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. They are one of the most visited places in Madagascar attracting travelers from all over the world. The Baobabs trees are about 800 years old and they originally stood in dense tropical forest but due to the large increasing of the population, the forests were cleared for agriculture leaving only the famous trees.
Cotton Tree is a symbol of the capital of Sierra Leone and according to urban legends it has become an important landmark in 1792 when a group of former African American slaves settled the site of modern Freetown. They landed on the shoreline and walked up to a giant tree just above the bay and thanked God for their deliverance to a free land.
The Boab Prison Tree is famous for having been used in the 1890s as a lockup for indigenous Australian prisoners on their way to Derby to receive their sentence. Lately there is a fence built around the tree to protect it from vandalism.
General Shaman is a giant sequoia found in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California. This species of trees are among the largest in the world and General Shaman is the largest of them all with a base of 11.1 meters. The tree is believed to be 2,300-2,700 years old.
Major Oak is also an impressive wonder of nature located in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England. Legend says it was Robin Hood’s shelter. The tree is about 800-1,000 years old and it became known as the Major’s Oak after in 1790, Major Hayman Rooke included it in his popular book about the ancient oaks of Sherwood.
Tree of Life in Bahrain is the only stain of green you will find in the area. It is said to be 400 to 500 years old and it is considered a miracle as it is the only green living organism in a vast and barren desert. Its long roots have probably found an underground water source but the local inhabitants believed that it was the actual location of the Garden of Eden.
The Dragon Trees are a distinctive plant of the Island of Socotra having a unique and strange appearance. The species is named after its dark resin known as the “dragon’s blood.” The umbrella-like shape enables the tree to have optimal survival in arid conditions because the huge packed crown provides enough shade in order to reduce evaporation.
The Cedars of God is a small forest of about 400 Lebanon cedar trees situated in the mountains of northern Lebanon, and they are among the last survivors of the extensive forests that thrived the region in ancient times. They are mentioned in the Bible over 70 times and their resin was used by the ancient Egyptians in mummification.
The Lone Cypress Tree in Pebble Beach has become a symbol of northern Carolina coast being perfectly positioned against its scenic backdrop. It is thought to be around 250 years old and it has become of favorite for photographers.