Unusual Trees

Rare, weird, strange, artistically beautiful, or famous trees.


 

Famous Trees

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort.

Additional images of The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom:
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African Baobab tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom

African Baobab tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom

African Baobab tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Elephants cluster near the baobab tree Source:blog.touringplans.com d2eu5panhhlmd4.cloudfront.net
Kilimanjaro Safari Source:blogs.disney.com    

 

The General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park

The General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park     The

Left: The General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park, largest known living single stem tree in the world.
Right: The "Grizzly Giant" is one of the main attractions in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. It is a landmark ancient Giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree. Note the size of the people at the bottom of the image for scale.

Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, South Carolina

Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, South Carolina   Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, South Carolina  

Left: Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, South Carolina
Right: Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, South Carolina

The Angel Oak Tree in South Carolina   The Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina  

Left: The Angel Oak Tree in South Carolina
Right: The Angel Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina

 

Angel Oak is a live oak tree aged approximately 1,500 years. Some locals simply call it The Tree. It stands in a wooded area along Bohicket Road of John's Island outside Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

The Tree of Life in Bahrain.

The Tree of Life in Bahrain.

The Tree of Life has survived for 100s of years in Bahrain.
No one has been able to explain why the tree flourishes in the desert with little water especially since there is little other life in the area.

Additional high-resolution images of The Tree of Life in Bahrain: The Tree of Life in Bahrain   The Tree of Life   The Tree of Life   The Tree of Life   Notable Bahrain tree   at sunset   Bahrain's major tourist destinations  

Phoenicean Juniper (Juniperus phoenicea) at El Sabinar, El Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain)

Phoenicean Juniper (Juniperus phoenicea)

Phoenicean Juniper (Juniperus phoenicea) at El Sabinar, El Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain).

Queen Ermengarde's Chestnut

Queen Ermengarde's Chestnut at Balmerino Abbey, Fife, Scotland.

"Queen Ermengarde's Chestnut" at Balmerino Abbey, Fife, Scotland.
A sweet chestnut supposedly planted in the 13th century, but more likely dating from the 16th century.

 

 

Beautiful Trees

Dead Acacia erioloba in Deadvlei

This image was selected as picture of the day on Wikimedia Commons for 14 March 2016.

Dead Acacia erioloba in Deadvlei

Dead Acacia erioloba in Deadvlei, in the southern part of the Namib Desert, Namibia.
Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh" (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes). (Wikipedia)

European Tree of the Year 2016 Contest Finalists.

The European Tree of the Year is an annual contest held to find the most 'loveable tree' in Europe.

The oldest tree of Bátaszék, Hungary 

The oldest tree of Bátaszék, Hungary
The Winner of European Tree of the Year 2016.


Weeping blue cedar , France   Weeping blue cedar , France  

Weeping blue cedar , France
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Tamme-Lauri oak, Estonia 

Tamme-Lauri oak, Estonia

Pear from Bošáca - Zabudišová, Slovakia  

Pear from Bošáca
Zabudišová, Slovakia

Canicosa´s Pine-Oak , Spain  

Canicosa´s Pine-Oak , Spain

 

Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) tree

Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) tree

Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) tree
This is a long exposure taken after sunset in the Bristlecone Pine Forest of the White Mountains in California. This particular grove of bristlecones are the oldest living things on the planet, many of them are over 4000 years old and the oldest has been dated to over 4700 years.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California USA.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California USA.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California USA. (The Forever Tree )




The world's oldest tree turns 4,847 this year and lives in a top-secret location. (April 22, 2016)

Dead Methuselah Tree, Bristlecone pine, White Mountain, California in Deadvlei

Methuselah Tree, Bristlecone pine, White Mountain, California   Methuselah Tree, Bristlecone pine, White Mountain, California

Methuselah Tree, Bristlecone pine, White Mountain, California .
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Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva)

Bristlecone Pine 

Bristlecone Pine

The Pinus longaeva grove in which the Prometheus tree grew 

Bristlecone pine

Bristlecone pine in Bryce Canyon National Park. 

Bristlecone pine

Bristlecone Wheeler 

Bristlecone Wheeler

1. Left: Bristlecone Pine — (Great Basin Bristlecone Pine—Pinus longaeva), in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of the Inyo National Forest, in the White Mountains, Inyo County, eastern California.
2. Middle: The Pinus longaeva grove in which the Prometheus tree grew. Prometheus was the oldest extant tree when felled in 1964. The photo shows the Wheeler Peak headwall in the distance.
3. Middle Right: Bristlecone pine (species Pinus longaeva) located on a ridge in Bryce Canyon National Park.
4. Right: Bristlecone Wheeler - This one might have died hundreds of years ago, but still stands. Its wood gives clues to scientists who read the rings to compare to rings of living trees, making a 9,000-year-long record..

 

Flora of Madagascar

The flora of Madagascar is part of the island's unique wildlife. Madagascar has more than 10,000 plant species, of which more than 90 percent are only found here. The endemics include five unique plant families and such emblematic species as baobab trees or the traveler's palm.
The island has very contrasting vegetation types, with a notable distinction between the west, centre, and east. While the centre is dominated by dry forests and grasslands, the east, receiving most rain from the Indian Ocean, harbours mainly tropical rainforest, and the driest part of the country in the southwest features unique spiny forests.

Grandidier's Baobab (Adansonia grandidieri), near Morondava, Madagascar

Grandidier's Baobab (Adansonia grandidieri), near Morondava, Madagascar

Grandidier's Baobab (Adansonia grandidieri), near Morondava, Madagascar

Additional image of Adansonia grandidieri:
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar Source:en.wikipedia.org
Adansonia grandidieri, Madagascar Source:commons.wikimedia.org

Avenue of the Baobabs at Sunset

Avenue of the Baobabs at Sunset

Avenue of the Baobabs at Sunset

Additional image of Adansonia grandidieri:
Sunset on the Avenue of the Baobabs Source:commons.wikimedia.org
After Sunset on Avenue of the Baobabs Source:commons.wikimedia.org

 

Madagascar Baobabs

Madagascar
Baobabs

Madagascar Baobab Trees

Madagascar
Baobab Trees

Madagascar’s ancient forest of baobab trees

Madagascar
ancient forest

Spiny forest at Ifaty, Madagascar, featuring various adansonia (baobao) species, alluaudia procera (Madagascar ocotillo) and other vegetations.

Spiny forest
at Ifaty, Madagascar

Cyathea dregei 

Cyathea dregei

Euphorbia iharanae 

Euphorbia iharanae

Leptolaena multiflora, Sainte Luce, Madagascar 

Leptolaena multiflora

Pachypodium rosulatum (Apocynaceae) from the central plateaus, Isalo National Park 

Pachypodium rosulatum

Octopus Tree, Toliara, Madagascar 

Octopus Tree (Didierea trollii)

Didierea madagascariensis
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Alluaudia procera (Madagascar octotillo) 

Alluaudia procera

Madagascar octotillo
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From Left to Right:
1. Cyathea dregei, also known as the Common Tree Fern and Gewone Boomvaring in Afrikaans, is a widespread species of tree fern in southern Africa. It is native to Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar and South Africa from the Western Cape province to KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
2. Euphorbia iharanae, a species of plant in the Euphorbiaceae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is rocky shores. It is threatened by habitat loss.
3. Leptolaena multiflora from the endemic family Sarcolaenaceae, Sainte Luce, Madagascar,
4. Pachypodium rosulatum (Apocynaceae), from the central plateaus, Isalo National Park, Madagascar
5. Octopus Tree, Toliara, Madagascar
6. Alluaudia procera (Madagascar octotillo), at the spiny forest, Ifaty, Madagascar

 

 

Strange plants of Socotra Island

Isolated Socotra, 220 miles from mainland Yemen, is home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island.
One third of the plant life and vegetation found on Socotra Island has never been seen anywhere else in the world.
The tiny tropical island of Socotra, Yemen is a UNESCO natural world heritage site

Dragon's Blood Tree, Socotra Island (Dracaena cinnabari)

Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra dragon tree or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is so called due to the red sap that the trees produce.
Dragon's blood is a bright red resin that is obtained from different species of a number of distinct plant genera: Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang and Pterocarpus. The red resin has been in continuous use since ancient times as varnish, medicine, incense, and dye. (Wikipedia)

Dracaena cinnabari (Dragon's Blood Tree)   Dracaena cinnabari (Dragon's Blood Tree)

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Dracaena cinnabari (Dragon's Blood Tree) — endemic to Socotra island, Yemen.

Dragonblood Tree   Dragonblood Tree   Dragonblood Tree

Dragonblood Tree       Dragonblood Tree       Dragonblood Tree  

One of the most striking of Socotra's plants is the dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari), which is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree. Its red sap was thought to be the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a dye, and today used as paint and varnish.

 

Dragonblood Tree
The Dragon's Blood Tree is an umbrella shaped tree that can survive even in the dry heat climate of Socotra. The tree got its name because if any damage is made to the bark then a dark red liquid oozes out.

Image source: wikitravel.org   View image of Dragonblood Tree Flowering Source: Multiple sources

 


Dragonblood Tree
The Dragonblood Tree sap (Dragon blood tree bleeding).

Bottle Tree, Socotran Desert Rose Tree, (Adenium obesum, subspecies socotranum)

Bottle Tree, Socotra Island   Desert Rose Bottle Tree, Socotra Island   Socotra desert rose, or bottle tree, found only on the island of Socotra, Yemen.

Left: Bottle Tree, Socotra Island. (Socotra Desert Rose Bottle Tree)
Right: Socotra Desert Rose Bottle Tree, Socotra Island.

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Bottle Tree Image source: commons.wikimedia.org  

Desert Rose Bottle Tree blossoms  

Socotran Desert Rose blossoms
Socotra Desert Rose Bottle Tree blossoms

 

Desert Rose Bottle Tree blossoms   Desert Rose

Socotran Desert Rose blossoms
Left: Socotra Desert Rose Bottle Tree blossoms
Right: Socotra Desert Rose flower
The Desert Rose Bottle Tree got its name from its blossoms.

Desert Rose Bottle Tree blossoms
Socotra Desert Rose Bottle Tree blossoms

Bottle tree – a symbol of the island of Socotra, as are endemic, ie growing only in this place on Earth. They fully comply with its name, as looks really similar to a bottle or keg filled with fluid. Thick base with a narrow neck at the top. The leaves are thick and small. Shape trees purchased in connection with the dry local climate and lack of moisture. Thick fleshy leaves and stem, allow longer maintain the liquid. (worldfortravel.com)
This is the giant of the Adenium obesum group, with massive trunks up to 10 ft tall and 8 ft in diameter!

 

Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) Plant

Desert Rose Plant   Desert Rose Plant  

Left: Desert Rose Plant   Right: Desert Rose Plant

Desert Rose Plant   Desert Rose Plant  

Left: Desert Rose Plant   Right: Desert Rose Plant

 

Desert Rose flower
Desert Rose flower
Image source: Multiple sources

Desert rose, mock azalea, impala lily, and Sabi star are amongst the common names of a plant available from a mega-store near you. Long grown by succulent plant enthusiasts because of its bizarre shape, beautiful flowers in colors from deep red to pure white, and its tolerance of occasional neglect, adeniums are rapidly becoming popular horticultural subjects and houseplants worldwide.
For one thing, it has no thorns. But beyond that, it is totally unrelated to the rose family and doesn’t really even look like one. So much for common names. The desert rose is scientifically known as Adenium obesum, or the fat adenium, referring to its grossly thickened trunk. (wimastergardener.org)

 

 

Dendrosicyos socotranus (Socotran cucumber tree)

The name Dendrosicyos socotranus means 'cucumber tree of Socotra'.

Dendrosicyos socotranus, the cucumber tree   Dendrosicyos socotranus, the cucumber tree  

Left: The cucumber tree, Socotra Island.
Right: The cucumber tree, Socotra Island.

 

Dendrosicyos is a monotypic genus in the Cucurbitaceae plant family. The only species is Dendrosicyos socotranus, the cucumber tree. The species is endemic to the island of Socotra in Yemen, and is the only species in the Cucurbitaceae to grow in a tree form. (Wikipedia)


A cluster of Socotra cucumber flowers   The ripening Socotra cucumber fruits
Cultivated Dendrosicyos socotranus
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Frankincense trees

Frankincense tree   Frankincense tree  

Left: Frankincense tree An old tree of Boswellia sacra in Dhofar (Oman)
Right: Frankincense tree (Boswellia genus of trees)

Boswellia sacra (frankincense)   Frankincense tree  

Left: Boswellia sacra (frankincense)
Right: Another glorious Socotri endemic specimen is the frankincense tree. Here deeply rooted on the edge of a rock.

 

The road to the forest of frankincense trees, on the Yemeni island of Socotra, is a rough one. ....We stood on a rise overlooking a riverbed rushing with water. ... Small trees — short and gnarled, resembling mesquite — surrounded us. Ahmed, my driver and guide, approached one and pointed to an amber drop of sap oozing from its trunk: the essence of frankincense. Until that moment I’d had no clear idea what exactly frankincense was; nor that it derives from the sap of a tree; nor that, as Ahmed explained, Socotra is home to nine species of the tree, all unique to the island. I caught the drop of sap on my finger and inhaled a sharp, sweet fragrance; then I put it to my tongue. The torture of the drive was forgotten, and for the briefest moment, under the hot Yemeni sun, I tasted Christmas. (The New York Times)

Boswellia sacra illustration   Boswellia sacra flower   Boswellia sacra fruit

Left: Boswellia sacra illustration   Middle: Boswellia sacra flower   Right: Boswellia sacra fruit

 

 

Boojum tree (Fouquieria columnaris)

 

Fouquieria columnaris, the Boojum tree or cirio is a tree in the ocotillo family. It is nearly endemic to the Baja California Peninsula (both the northern and southern states), with only a small population in the Sierra Bacha of Sonora, Mexico.
Fouquieria columnaris is a a deciduous tree having a thick tapering columnar trunk, slender spiny branches, and yellow flowers.

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Weird and Strange Trees

Crooked Forest

Crooked Forest

Crooked Forest
The Crooked Forest (Polish: Krzywy Las), is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland.

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Image source: www.panoramio.com  

Coconut Palm at Big Island of Hawaii

Coconut Palm at Big Island of Hawaii

Coconut Palm at Big Island of Hawaii

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Burs on a tree

Burs on a tree trunk in Norfolk County, England   Tree with multiple burls (Quoddy Head State Park, Maine)  

Left: Burs on a tree trunk in Norfolk County, England
Right: A tree with multiple burls at Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine
Large rounded outgrowths on trunk or branches of trees are called burls; the wood cut from burls is often used for decorative purposes as a veneer. Burls develop from one or more twig buds whose cells continue to multiply but never differentiate so that the twig can elongate into a limb. Burls do not usually cause harm to trees.

Multiple burls on a several hundred years old cypress tree at the Beijing Temple of Confucius, China.

Multiple burls on a several hundred years old cypress tree at the Beijing Temple of Confucius, China.

Multiple burls on a several hundred years old cypress tree at the Beijing Temple of Confucius, China.

A burl (American English) or bur or burr (used in all non-US English speaking countries) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds.

 

Olive trees on Thassos, Greece

Olive trees on Thassos, Greece

Olive trees on Thassos, Greece

Olive Tree in Greece.

Olive in Paiania, Greece.   Ancient Olive Tree in Greece  

Olive in Paiania, Greece.   Ancient Olive Tree in Greece  

Ceiba pentandra in Lal Bagh gardens in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India.

Ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra)

Ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra): Very Large Cotton-Silk Kapok in Lal Bagh gardens in Bangalore (Bangaluru), India

Ceiba speciosa (Paineira rosa)

Ceiba speciosa (Paineira rosa)

Trunk of Ceiba speciosa (Paineira rosa), São Paulo, Brazil

 

Teapot Baobab tree

Teapot Baobab tree   The 'Teapot'. Ancient Baobab in spiny forest at Rena la Botanical park.  

Left: Teapot Baobab tree in spiny forest at Rena la Botanical park, Madagascar
Right: The 'Teapot'. Ancient Baobab in spiny forest at Rena la Botanical park.
Teapot Baobab - Baobab trees are a species that is native to Madagascar, as well as Australia and Africa. The trees of Madagascar as called "Teapot Baobabs," as they grown from ponds in the ground. Baobab trees grow wide and tall and have one of the longest survival rates of any tree species. On average, the trees grow to be up to 100 feet tall. However, it is the width of the Baobab trunks that is so amazing. Most trunks reach diameters of about 30 feet. (Reference: www.pinterest.com )

Additional images of Teapot Baobab tree and Rena la Botanical park:
Sunrise at Rena La botanical park. Source:commons.wikimedia.org

Aloe dichotoma (quiver tree), subsp. dichotoma

Quiver tree forest   Quiver tree forest   Quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) in flower   Quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) flowers

1. Quiver tree forest at the national monument Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop in southern Namibia..
2. Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, Namibia, in the evening.
3. Quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) in flower in the Augrabies National Park, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
4. Quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) flowers in the Augrabies National Park, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

Aloe dichotoma (the quiver tree or kokerboom) is a tall, branching species of aloe, indigenous to Southern Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, and parts of Southern Namibia.
Known as Choje to the indigenous San people, the quiver tree gets its English common name from the San people practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows. The species name "dichotoma" refers to how the stems repeatedly branch into two ("dichotomous" branching) as the plant grows. (Wikipedia)
There are three subspecies, subsp. dichotoma, subsp. pillansii and subsp. ramosissima.
Aloe dichotoma is named for its distinctive forked branching pattern (from the Greek dikhotomia, meaning 'a cutting in two').
The English common name for Aloe dichotoma – the quiver tree – refers to the San people’s use of the hollowed branches to make quivers to hold their hunting arrows.

Aloe pillansii (Giant quiver tree)

Aloe pillansii   Aloe pillansii L.Guthrie   Aloe pillansii (Giant Quiver Tree)   Aloe pillansii (Giant Quiver Tree)   A QUIVER TREE IN SPITZKOPPE, NAMIBIA  

5. Aloe pillansii Worcester Botanical Gardens Cape.
6. Aloe pillansii L.Guthrie Naukluft Mountain Trail, Namibia
7. Aloe pillansii L.Guthrie Naukluft Mountain Trail, Namibia
8. Aloe Pillansii (Bastard Quiver Tree) flowering
9. A QUIVER TREE IN SPITZKOPPE, NAMIBIA.
Aloe pillansii, the giant quiver tree or bastard quiver tree, is a large, branching species of Aloe indigenous to southern Africa. It is regarded as critically endangered. It is a synonym of Aloe dichotoma subsp. pillansii (L.Guthrie).

Aloe pillansii is taller than A. dichotomaand has fewer branches with broader and paler leaves. The inflorescence that grows below the leaf crowns, almost pointing downward separating it from A. dichotoma which has upright inflorescences above the top of the leaf.

 

Bottle tree of Southern Africa (Pachypodium lealii)

The Bottle tree (Pachypodium lealii Welw.) is a species of plant included in the genus Pachypodium. The scientific name derives from the 19th century Portuguese geologist Fernando da Costa Leal, who described the Bottle tree during an exploration in southern Angola.
This species can be either a shrub or a tree up to 6 meters tall and is characterized by the thick bottle-shaped trunk, which is almost branchless until the top. The branches are few and covered by slender thorns up to 30 cm long. Leaves are oblong and are covered with short hairs on both surfaces. The flowers, shown below in detail, are present in the spring, when the tree is leafless. The white flowers, characteristic of the Apocynaceae family, cluster around the tips of the branches.
The Bottle tree is an endemic species of Namibia and southern Angola where it occupies the semi-desert areas and dry bushvelds, usually along rocky hillsides. It is especially common in the Etendeka plateau of NE Namibia, where it can be seen growing in the basalt slopes.
The plant produces a watery latex, rich in toxic alkaloids, used by local populations as arrow poison for hunting. In contact with the eyes this latex can produce blindness. (Wikipedia)
The bottle tree owes its name to the unusual swollen shape of its trunk. Like other pachypodiums, this succulent stem of the plant acts as a water store that enables it to tolerate the hot, dry environments in which it grows. Its sap is highly toxic. (www.kew.org)


Pachypodium lealii, Damaraland  Pachypodium lealii near Palmwag in north western Namibia  Pachypodium lealii blossoms  Bottle-tree (flowers)  Bottle-tree (flowers)

From Left to Right:
1. Pachypodium lealii Damaraland, Namibia.
2. Pachypodium lealii near Palmwag in north western Namibia. Size: 1.5 m high.
3. Pachypodium lealii blossoms
4. Bottle-tree (flowers)
5. Bottle-tree (flowers)


Bottle trees in Various Places

Bottle Tree from Australia  Bottle Tree Plantations in Queensland, Australia  Brachychiton rupestris Queensland Bottle Tree  Pachypodium lealii, in the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA.  Pachypodium lealii ssp. saundersii

From Left to Right:
1. Bottle Tree from Australia
2. Bottle Tree Plantations in Queensland, Australia
3. Brachychiton rupestris Queensland Bottle Tree
4. Pachypodium lealii, in the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA.
5. Pachypodium lealii ssp. saundersii at Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden,Osaka,Japan

Adansonia digitata (baobab) - upside-down tree

Adansonia digitata (baobab) is the most widespread of the Adansonia species, and is native to the African continent. The long-lived pachycauls are typically found in dry, hot savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, where they dominate the landscape, and reveal the presence of a watercourse from afar. Their growth rate is determined by ground water or rainfall, and their maximum age, which is subject to much conjecture, seems to be in the order of 1,500 years.[5] They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition. Explorers of old were inclined to carve their names on baobabs, and many are defaced by modern graffiti. Common names for the baobab include dead-rat tree (from the appearance of the fruit), monkey-bread tree (the soft, dry fruit is edible), upside-down tree (the sparse branches resemble roots), cream of tartar tree (cream of tartar) and गोरख चिंच in marathi (meaning monkey's tamarind). (Wikipedia)

Baobab (Adansonia digitata) and elephant, Tanzania  Baobab, Adansonia digitata in Bagamoyo Tanzania  Adansonia digitata - baobabs  African Baobab  Adansonia digitata 

Adansonia digitata - Baobab Tree, Dead-rat tree, Monkey-bread tree, or Upside-down tree.

From Left to Right:
1. Baobab (Adansonia digitata) and elephant, Tanzania.
2. Baobab, Adansonia digitata, In full leaf, in Bagamoyo Tanzania.
3. Adansonia digitata, Without leaves in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
4, African boab, as it looks for most of the year.
5. Adansonia digitata in Epupa gorge, Namibia-Angola border


Adansonia digitata, Each leaf comprises five leaflets  Adansonia digitata, Open flower  Fruit of the Baobab tree 

Left: Adansonia digitata, Each leaf comprises five leaflets
Middle: Adansonia digitata, Open flower
Right: Fruit of the Baobab tree The fruit can be up to 25 centimetres (10 in) long and is used to make a drink.

 

Ancient Snow Gum Tree (Eucalyptus pauciflora)

Ancient Snow Gum Tree (Eucalyptus pauciflora)

Ancient Snow Gum Tree (Eucalyptus pauciflora) Bogong High Plains near Cape West Aquaduct, Alpine National Park, Australian state of Victoria | photography: Andrew Norman~

Moringa hildebrandtii

Moringa hildebrandtii

Moringa hildebrandtii in Madagascar

Moringa oleifera

Moringa oleifera

The tree and seedpods of Moringa oleifera in Dakawa, Morogoro, Tanzania. Photography: Prof. Chen Hualin

21 Insanely Photogenic Trees

Twisted treeThe

Link: www.photographytalk.com 21 Insanely Photogenic Trees

Left: Twisted tree   Right: Toborochi trees

 

Cannonball trees (Couroupita guianensis)

Cannonball trees (Couroupita guianensis)   Cannonball trees (Couroupita guianensis)

Cannonball tree       Cannonball tree
The tree’s bizarre appearance is brought about because the large globular fruits are borne in clusters directly on the trunk of the tree.

 

Cannonball tree flower buds 

1. Cannonball tree flower buds

Cannonball tree FlowersCannonball tree Flowers

2. Cannonball tree Flowers

Cannonball tree Fruits 

3. Cannonball tree Fruits

Shiva Linga FlowerShiva Linga FlowerShiva Linga Flower 

4. Shiva Linga Flower

1. Cannonball tree flower buds.
2. Cannonball tree Flowers.
3. Cannonball tree Fruits.
4. Shiva Linga Flower: The flower was named as Naga Lingam.The trees are grown extensively in Shiva temples in India. In Hindi it is called Shiv Kamal and also known as "Kailaspati". It is called the Nagalingam tree in Tamil. The flowers are called Shivalinga flowers in Hindi; Nagalinga Pushpa in Kannada; Nagamalli flowers or Mallikarjuna flowers in Telugu. Hindus revere it as a sacred tree because the petals of the flower resemble the hood of the Naga, a sacred snake, protecting a Shiva Lingam, the stigma. (krishnalacreativite.blogspot.com)

 

 

Funny Trees

Most Funny Trees on Earth (15 Pictures)

Most Funny Trees on Earth

Link: www.bajiroo.com: Most Funny Trees on Earth

One of the world famous Circus Trees at Gilroy Gardens

One of the world famous Circus Trees at Gilroy Gardens

One of the world famous Circus Trees at Gilroy Gardens

Wood carving in Orr Park in Montevallo

This is a photograph of a wood carving in Orr Park in Montevallo.   A wood carving by Tim Tingle in Orr Park in Montevallo, Alabama  

Left: This is a photograph of a wood carving in Orr Park in Montevallo.
Right: A wood carving by Tim Tingle in Orr Park in Montevallo, Alabama.

Carved Tree Seat Face

Carved Tree Seat Face

Carved Tree Seat Face

 

Tree face - Nice big Carp

Tree face
Tree face

Tree face - The face of Nice big Carp

Tree with what resembles a face and mouth.

Tree with what resembles a face and mouth.

Tree with what resembles a face and mouth. This picture was taken in "Parc des Arbres" next to "Parc Rapides du Cheval Blanc" roxboro pierrefonds montreal quebec canada.

Tree Walker

Tree Walker

Tree Walker

Tree costume

Tree costumer

Tree costume This was an actual person wearing a life size tree costume, and people had their photo with him, and he moved around and talked to everyone.

 

 

Artistic Trees

Tree of Life (Arts)

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

 

Tree of Life (Cosmic tree Yggdrasil)

The giant weirwood tree (Cosmic tree Yggdrasil)   Close-up view of Cosmic tree Yggdrasil

Left: Tree of Life       Right: Tree of Life (Close-up)
The giant weirwood tree (in reference to Cosmic tree Yggdrasil) and the Close-up view. In modern times, Yggdrasil is sometimes depicted or referenced in modern popular culture.

Tree of Life in the movie "Lion King"

Tree of Life in the movie 'Lion King'   Tree of Tough Life in the 'Lion King'

Left: Tree of Life       Right: Tree of Tough Life

 

Tree of Life in the movie 'The Tree of Life'

Tree of Life in the movie 'The Tree of Life'   Sun-light Tree of Life

Tree of Life in the movie 'The Tree of Life'       Right: Sun-light Tree of Life  

Tree of Life in the movie 'The Last Witch Hunter'

Tree of Life in the movie 'The Last Witch Hunter'   Burning Tree of Life in the movie 'The Last Witch Hunter'

Left: Tree of Life       Right: Burning Tree of Life
Tree of Life in the movie 'The Last Witch Hunter'.

CS: Was Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” in there somewhere, the imagery from that film?
Eisner: (Laughs) We did talk about all Terrence Malick. We talked about “The Lion King” tree. We talked about any other tree in there and how trees have been portrayed in film in ways that are memorable, for sure, yeah. I mean, the scale of this tree, the idea of an action type of piece taking place inside a tree kind of sets the scale of the design.

 

 

A Mammoth Mossy Tree known as Ponthus' Beech Tree in Bretagne, France.

A Mammoth Mossy Tree known as Ponthus' Beech Tree in Bretagne, France.

A Mammoth Mossy Tree known as Ponthus' Beech Tree in Bretagne, France.
A Mammoth Mossy Tree known as Ponthus' Beech Tree in Bretagne, France. Legend has it around the 10th century, Ponthus was a knight of the round table. He became upset he had no child then blasphemed about it. And God punished him by destroying his castle and the tree grows on its ruins. (flickr.com)

An imaginary hybrid tree creation using photoshop

An imaginary hybrid tree creation using photoshop

An imaginary hybrid tree creation using photoshop of A Mammoth Mossy Tree known as Ponthus' Beech Tree in Bretagne, France.
The Flogging Fir is a hybrid tree creation that is known for its nutritious fruit and medicinal sap. Contrary to its name, the Flogging Fir is actually closer related to the oak tree and the apple tree rather than a fir.

 

Great Dismal Swamp NWR

Great Dismal Swamp NWR

Great Dismal Swamp NWR
credit: Rebecca Wynn/USFWS (National Wildlife Refuge)

Blackwater NWR

Blackwater NWR

Blackwater NWR
credit: USFWS (National Wildlife Refuge)

 

Metal tree sculpture

Arbour Metallum Tree Sculpture

Arbour Metallum Tree Sculpture in forged steel and stainless steel by Mark Reed at RHs Wisley exhibition.

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Metal tree sculpture

Metal tree sculpture

Metal tree sculpture

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Bonsai tree at display

Bonsai tree at display

Bonsai tree at display at a Bonsai grower in Bonsai-mura, Bonsai-cho, Saitama, Japan.

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Reference: Wikipidia Bonsai

Penjing at display

Penjing at display

Penjing at display Part of the penjing collection at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, this trident maple, Acer buergerianum, has its roots growing over a rock and its foliage and stems trimmed in the shape of a dragon.

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Reference: Wikipidia Penjing

 

Van Gogh's 'The Olive Trees'

Van Gogh's Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background

Van Gogh's painting 'The Olive Trees' A painting of intense green gnarled old olive trees with distant rolling blue mountains behind under a light blue sky with a large fluffy white cloud in the center.

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Reference: Wikipidia Olive Trees (Van Gogh series)

Van Gogh's 'Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun'

Van Gogh's Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background

Van Gogh's painting 'Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun' (1889) Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.

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Reference: Wikipidia Olive Trees (Van Gogh series)

Cypress Tree Byōbu, folding screen by Kanō Eitoku

Cypress Tree Byōbu, folding screen by Kanō Eitoku

Cypress Tree Byōbu, folding screen by Kanō Eitoku, 1590

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Reference: Wikipidia Japanese art

Otto Mueller - Ein Baum (A tree)

Otto Mueller - Ein Baum (A tree)

Otto Mueller - Ein Baum (A tree)

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Reference: Wikipidia Otto Mueller

 

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai Tree

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Dancing Trees

Dancing Trees

Dancing Trees

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Harper's Meadow at Umbagog NWR

Harper's Meadow at Umbagog NWR

Harper's Meadow at Umbagog NWR credit: Ian Drew/USFWS (National Wildlife Refuge)

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Scary tree

Scary tree

Scary tree With its haunting frame and looming arms, one particular beech looks like it has just leapt out of a set for the smash-hit movie Lord Of The Rings. The spooky specimen, suspected to be an oak, was spotted by Charlotte Laurie on a quiet country lane at Boxted, near Colchester, Essex.

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Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon

Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon

Beautiful Japanese Maple In Japanese Gardens, Portland, Oregon The Portland Japanese Garden is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 5.5 acres in Washington Park in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, USA.

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Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Eucalyptus)

Rainbow Eucalyptus   Eucalyptus deglupta In Kauai, Hawaii  

Rainbow Eucalyptus   Eucalyptus deglupta In Kauai, Hawaii

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Reference: Wikipedia Eucalyptus deglupta  

Cherry Blossom Tree at Fuji Volcano, Japan

Cherry Blossom Tree at Fuji Volcano, Japan   Cherry Blossom Tree at Fuji Volcano, Japan  

Cherry Blossom Tree at Fuji Volcano, Japan
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Mount Fuji cherry blossoms

Mount Fuji cherry blossoms

Mount Fuji cherry blossoms

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Tree Shaping Art

The person tree

The person tree

The person tree
The person tree was planted in 1998, this photo was taken in summer of 2009.

Pooktre

The person tree

Link Pooktre.com   Pooktre's person tree  
Peter Cook and Becky Northey are the founders of Pooktre.

 

Peter Cook and Becky Northey are Australian artists who live in South East Queensland. Peter Cook became inspired to grow a chair in 1987, after visiting three figs trees in a remote corner of his property. He started the next day, with 7 willow cuttings. In 1988, he planted a wattle intended for harvest as a potted plant stand. Becky Northey moved to Peter's property in 1995 and the two formed Pooktre.
Their methods involve guiding a tree's growth along predetermined wired design pathways over a period of time. They shape growing trees both for living outdoor art and for intentional harvest. They most often use Myrobalan Plum for shaping. Examples of their functional artwork include a growing garden table, a harvested coffee table, hat stands, mirrors, and a gemstone neck piece.
Peter and Becky exhibited eight of their creations, including two people trees. in the Growing Village pavilion at the World's Fair Expo 2005 in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Their work was published in the annual book series, Ripley's Believe It or Not.
(Wikipedia: Tree shaping)

The "Basket Tree"

The 'Basket Tree'

by Axel Erlandson's "Basket Tree", Tree is located in Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy California.

Two Leg Tree

Two Leg Tree

Two Leg Tree

 

Axel Erlandson (December 15, 1884 – April 28, 1964) was a Swedish American farmer who shaped trees as a hobby, and opened a horticultural attraction in 1947 advertised as "See the World's Strangest Trees Here," and named "The Tree Circus."
The trees appeared in the column of Robert Ripley's Believe It or Not! twelve times. Erlandson sold his attraction shortly before his death. The trees were moved to Gilroy Gardens in 1985. (Wikipedia: Axel Erlandson)
Axel Erlandson was a Swedish American farmer who started training trees as a hobby on his farm in Hilmar, California, in 1925. He was inspired by observing a natural sycamore inosculation in his hedgerow. In 1945, he moved his family and the best of his trees from Hilmar to Scotts Valley, California and in 1947, opened an horticultural attraction called the Tree Circus.
Erlandson lived from 1884 to 1964; training more than 70 trees during his lifetime. He considered his methods trade secrets and when asked how he made his trees do this, he would only reply, "I talk to them." His work appeared in the column of Ripley's Believe It or Not! twelve times. 24 trees from his original garden have survived transplanting to their permanent home at Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California. His Telephone Booth Tree is on permanent display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and his Birch Loop tree is on permanent display at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California. Both of these are preserved dead specimens. (Wikipedia: Tree shaping)

 

Tree of Half Life

Tree of Half Life

Tree Shaping Art by Storm Thorgerson, used as a Pink Floyd t-shirt design and as a frontpiece in a book.

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Peace in Cherry

Peace in Cherry

Peace in Cherry

Growing furniture

Growing furniture

Growing furniture
Christopher Cattle is a British furniture designer who has developed a process of growing furniture by shaping living trees. Cattle calls his work GrownUp Furniture but it is also known as Grown Furniture.

 

 

Trees in mythology

The Mahabodhi Tree at the Sri Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya.

The Mahabodhi Tree at the Sri Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya   Mahabodhi tree next to the Mahabodhi Temple  

Mahabodhi tree   Mahabodhi tree
Mahabodhi tree (Sacred Fig) next to the Mahabodhi Temple, the spot where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment..


The Mahabodhi Tree at the Sri Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya   Mahabodhi tree next to the Mahabodhi Temple  

Left: 1810 picture of a small temple beneath the Bodhi tree, Bodh Gaya.
Right: The Mahabodhi tree in Bodhgaya today

The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove  

The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove  

Left: The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

 

Osun-Osogbo or Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is a sacred forest along the banks of the Osun river just outside the city of Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.
The Osun-Osogbo Grove is among the last of the sacred forests which usually adjoined the edges of most Yoruba cities before extensive urbanization. In recognition of its global significance and its cultural value, the Sacred Grove was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.