Discover The Strangest Trees From All Over The World
While we deal with turning trees into timber for projects larger than a tree house, there are some fantastic instances of trees that have amazing features and attract thousands of people each year from all over the world. Read our guide to some of the oddest trees from around the world to broaden your botany knowledge.
The multi-colored layers of bark of this tree, which is native to the Pʜɪʟɪᴘᴘɪɴᴇs, give it a kaleidosᴄᴏᴘic appearance. Because of the irregular pattern in which it tints its bark, the various stages and colors of its exposure are visible, ranging from green to blue to purple to orange to brown. Despite its visual appeal, the tree is grown for paper production rather than decoration.
The bottle trees, which are found in Nᴀᴍɪʙɪᴀ and have been characterized as one of the ᴅᴇᴀᴅliest trees on the planet, get their name from their evident look but are not to be ignored. The milky sap collected from the tree is exceedingly ᴅᴇᴀᴅly and was once utilized by Bushmen as arrow poison. The pink and wʜɪᴛe flowers that bloom from the tree have a crimson center, so it at least looks good.
Crooked Forest of Gryfino
There are 400 weirdly shaped trees in a lonely woodland near the town of Gryfino in West Pᴏʟᴀɴᴅ. The function of these trees, which are thought to have been curled as a result of mechanical intervention, is unknown. They could have been used for bentwood furniture or perhaps ribs for boat hulls, according to some. However, when World War II broke out in Pᴏʟᴀɴᴅ in 1939, whomever was planting them had no choice but to cease, and they became one of history’s great arboreal mysteries.
Boab prison tree
A big Boab tree has been carved into a small prison cell outside the town of West Derby in Western Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ. The tree served as a temporary holding area for inmates before they were transported to their final destination. The Boab Prison Tree, which dates back over 1,500 years, attracts thousands of tourists, many of whom can’t resist taking a look inside.
Dragon’s ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ tree
There is a species of tree on the Canary Islands in northwestern Africa that has a strange and fabled past. Local tradition on the island of Tenerife claims that when a dragon dies, it transforms into a tree, leading to these examples being referred to as living fossils in folklore. The spectacular Dragon’s ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ tree, which stands around 50 feet tall, derives its name from the scarlet sap that can be retrieved from the bark once cut. This was formerly utilized for centuries by the Guanche people of the island in the mummification process, but it is currently employed in dye and ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇ.
Sunland Boab tree
The Sunland Boab tree in Modjadjiskloof, Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aғʀɪᴄᴀ, stands 72 feet tall and has a 155-foot diameter, making it one of the world’s most spectacular trees. In 1933, a tiny bar was built inside the tree, which initially held up to 15-20 people but can currently accommodate up to 60. The tree is Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aғʀɪᴄᴀ’s tallest and widest boab, with a 6,000-year history.
Wollemi Pine Tree
The Wollemi Pine tree species, found in the Blue Mountains of Sydney, Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ, was only identified in 1994, however it ranks first on our list since it dates back almost 200 million years! This plant, experts believe, would have lived alongside dinosaurs and is therefore considered a living fossil. The trees are critically ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed, and the location of the last 100 that survive in the wild has not been made public, despite their beauty.