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9 Unique Trees Around the World

1.Dragon blood tree, Socotra, Yemen

Dracaena cinnabari or Dragon’s blood is an native tree to Yemen. It has gotten its name because of the bloody red tree sap and looks like an umbrella.

2. Baobab tree, Southern Africa

Adansonia grandidieri or commonly known as Grandidier’s baobab is a native tree species in Madagascar. Due to its unusual and unique figure the tree it has become a famous tourist attraction.

3. Japanese Maple in Portland, Oregon

Japanese maples or Acer palmatums are native to Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, and Russia, and have also been grown in temperate climates around the world since the 1800s. Unlike other plant species, the Japanese maple varies in leaf-form, color, and tree shape, making each one unique. There are more than 1,000 varieties of Japanese maple in the world today. One of the most iconic Japanese Maples Tree in the northwest is the beautiful maple growing in Portland’s Japanese Garden. With it’s twisting branches and variegated leaves of green and red, the the tree looks beautiful in any season. Having grown for decades and being the most photographed piece in the garden, this tree could be the spark that set off Oregonians love for the species.

4. General Sherman Sequoia tree

This magnificent tree is the largest single stem tree in the world. It is located in Sequoia National Park, California, US. It is about 2300 – 2700 years old and has a diameter of 36ft. The park has over 8000 sequoias.

5. Blue jacaranda, South America

The blue Jacaranda is a fast-growing ornamental tree native of South America and it is known for stunning its bell-shaped violet flowers. The blue jacaranda was introduced in many other countries over time, including, Australia, Hawaii, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Zambia. While beautiful, the blue jacaranda is considered an invasive species outside a few places in South America.

6. Dead Vlei trees, Namibia

Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert is home to the Dead Vlei trees which believed to be have died 600-700 years ago. The clay landscape was once in the floodplain of the Tsauchab River, but when the climate dried up some 900 years ago, sand dunes got in the way of the river flow and the trees all died. It’s too dry for trees to decompose, so they have been burnt black by the sun, and now form a forest of scorched trees, some over 1,000 years old.

7. Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO’s Game of Thrones. In about 1775 James Stuart built a new house, named Gracehill House after his wife Grace Lynd. Over 150 beech trees were planted along the entrance road to the estate, to create an imposing approach. In 2016 there were only 90 trees remained.

8. Angel Oak, South Carolina

The Southern Live Oak tree is a historical site and focal point of one of the City of Charleston’s public parks. It is considered to be the largest Live Oak Tree east of the Mississippi estimating to be 300 to 400 years old. The tree is 65 feet high with a circumference of 25.5 feet, shading an area of 17,000 square feet. The Angel Oak receives approximately 400,000 visitors each year.

9. Pando, North America

Pando (Latin for “I spread”), also known as the trembling giant, is a clonal colony of an individual male quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). The plant is located in the Fremont River Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau in south-central Utah, United States, around 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Fish Lake. Pando occupies 43.6 hectares (108 acres) and is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kilograms (6,600 short tons), making it the heaviest known organism. Aspens have developed a novel way to colonise and out-compete other species after fire has swept through. They don’t mess around making seeds and hoping something will disperse them, but instead rapidly clone themselves from shoots that appear from underground stems and roots. That means that every aspen in a clump (the technical term for a group of trees) is an identical twin, united by one root system.

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