13 of the most beautiful and famous trees on the planet

  • Cherry blossom: Sakura, Tokyo.
  • Angel Oak: Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Tule, Mexico.
  • Lone Cypress in Monterey.
  • General Sherman, California National Park.
  • Wisteria Sinensis: Flower Park Ashikaga, Japan.
  • Rainbow Eucalyptus in Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Baobab, Madagascar.
  • Boab Tree Jail, Australia.
  • American Elm: Central Park, New York.
  • Jacaranda in Cullinan, South Africa.
  • Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England.
  • The President, Sequoia National Park, California.
13 of the most beautiful and famous trees on the planet

“A tree is a wondrous living organism that provides shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living beings. It even gives shade to those who arm an ax to cut it down” – Buddha.

There are surely hundreds of majestic, magnificent and beautiful trees in the world – among them, these 13 seemed particularly special to us:

Cherry blossom: Sakura, Tokyo.

Cherry blossom: Sakura, Tokyo.

In Japan, we don’t celebrate Easter, but spring in Japan is special because it’s when the cherry blossoms bloom. The cherry blossom is the unofficial national flower of Japan. It has been celebrated for many centuries and occupies a very important place in Japanese culture. At the end of March, the whole nation waits impatiently for the appearance of the first buds on the cherry trees.

Angel Oak: Charleston, South Carolina.

Angel Oak: Charleston, South Carolina.

The Angel Oak is a live oak tree located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The Angel Oak is estimated to be over 400-500 years old, 20m high, 8.5m in circumference and casting shadow over 1600m2. From end to end, the distance to its longest branch is 57 meters.

Tule, Mexico.

Tule tree, Mexico.Nathan Gibbs

Arbol del Tule, a Montezuma cypress, is located in the center of the town of Santa María del Tule, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is so large that it was originally thought to be several trees, but DNA testing has shown it to be just one tree. The tree is estimated to be between 1,200 and 3,000 years old.

Lone Cypress in Monterey.

Lone Cypress in Monterey.Kevin Rushford

A lone cypress tree near Monterey is probably the most famous landmark along the 17-mile scenic drive through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.

General Sherman, California National Park.

General Sherman National Park in California.Daniel Wabyick

The General Sherman is a giant sequoia located in Sequoia National Park in California. These trees in this forest are among the tallest trees in the world. In fact, if measured by volume, five of the ten tallest trees on the planet are found in this forest. It is the tree with the largest net volume due to its trunk perimeter of about 31 m, or about 11 m in diameter at the base, giving an estimated volume (according to measurement standards) of 1 486.6 cubic meters. The tree is thought to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.

A few months ago, it was threatened by a fire.

Wisteria Sinensis: Flower Park Ashikaga, Japan.

Wisteria Sinensis: Flower Park Ashikaga, Japan.Manish Prabhune

In Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, Japan, we can find an amazingly beautiful wisteria tree. Japan’s largest and oldest, it is the flower park’s main attraction, with visitors flocking to see it in full bloom. It dates from around 1870, it has branches that are supported by beams.

Rainbow Eucalyptus in Kauai, Hawaii.

Rainbow Eucalyptus in Kauai, Hawaii.angel angel

The most distinctive feature of rainbow eucalyptus trees is their unique multi-colored bark. Its outer bark peels off each year in different phases, revealing a bright green inner bark.

It then darkens and matures into shades of blue, purple, orange, and then brown. Rainbow eucalyptus adorns the Keahua Forestal Arboretum in Kuamoo (Highway 580) on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

Baobab, Madagascar.

Baobab, Madagascar.Frank Vassen

Baobabs are native to Madagascar (it is the country’s national tree), the African continent and Australia. One of the “tallest of all baobabs” stands on Avenida de Baobab, near Morondava, Madagascar. It can reach nearly 30 m high and 11 m wide.

Boab Tree Jail, Australia.

Boab Tree Jail, Australia.

It is a giant hollow tree south of Derby in Western Australia. It is credited with being used in the 1890s as a prison for Indigenous Australian prisoners en route to Derby for sentencing. In recent years, a fence has been built around the tree to protect it from vandalism.

American Elm: Central Park, New York.

American Elm: Central Park, New York.

It is a species native to eastern North America, found from Nova Scotia west to Alberta and Montana, and south to Florida and central Texas. The American elm is a very hardy tree that can withstand winter temperatures as low as -42°C. These trees in areas not affected by Dutch elm disease can live for several hundred years.

Jacaranda in Cullinan, South Africa.

Jacaranda in Cullinan, South Africa.

Jacaranda is a genus of about 50 accepted species, out of the 120 described, of trees and shrubs of the family Bignoniaceae, typical of intertropical and subtropical America. Many species can grow from 2 to 30 meters in height, of which the stem is about two-thirds. It reaches 70 cm in diameter, straight and stylized. The crown is sparse and resembles an inverted cone.

Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England.

Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England.

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area located on the upper ridge of the High Weald Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is located approximately 30 miles south of London in the county of East Sussex, England.

Photo credit: Colin Michaels.

The President, Sequoia National Park, California.

The President, Sequoia National Park, California.

El Presidente, an emblematic tree because it served as a model for a National Geographic photo, through a real feat of scientists who had to take 126 shots to achieve the total image.

If you plan to visit one of these trees, plan your trip in advance and don’t forget to apply for a visa.

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