10 Strangest Trees in the World

Pachypodium lealii

The Bottle tree 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.

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Bactris gasipaes

Bactris gasipaes is a species of palm native to the tropical forests of South and Central America. It is well spread in these regions where it is often cultivated by smallholders in agroforestry systems or, more rarely, in monoculture. Its English language common names include peach-palm and chontaduro in the Spanish language.

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Wawona Tree

The Wawona Tree, also known as the Wawona Tunnel Tree, was a famous giant sequoia that stood in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, until February 1969. It had a height of 227 feet (69 m) and was 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter at the base.The origin of the word Wawona is not known. A popular story claims Wawō’na was the Miwok word for “big tree”, or for “hoot of the owl”, birds are considered the sequoia trees’ spiritual guardian.

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Crooked Forest

This grove of approximately 400 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. It has been speculated that the trees may have been deformed to create naturally curved timber for use in furniture or boat building.

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Tree of Life

A mere stripling at 430 years old, the Tree of Life is famous for that fact that it mysteriously survives in the middle of sun-scorched red desert with no apparent water source anywhere near, and enduring temperatures of up to 110°C. And not only survives but flourishes too, at 32 feet (9.75 m) high, this massive mesquite stands proud atop a sandy ridge in a natural wasteland of desolate scrub.

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Eucalyptus deglupta

Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. It is found in an area that spans New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao, and is the only Eucalyptus species with a natural range that extends into the northern hemisphere. It thrives in tropical forests that get a lot of rain.

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Dracaena draco

Dracaena draco, the Canary Islands dragon tree or drago, is a subtropical tree-like plant in the genus Dracaena, native to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and locally in western Morocco, and introduced to the Azores. It is the natural symbol of the island of Tenerife, together with the blue chaffinch.

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Burmis tree

The Burmis Tree is a limber pine located in south western Alberta in the community of Burmis, Alberta, along the Crowsnest Highway  and east of municipality of Crowsnest Pass. The tree died in the late 1970s after losing its needles. Limber trees are known to survive harsh conditions and are one of the longest living trees in Alberta. The Burmis tree was estimated to be between 600 and 750 years old.

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Sunland baobab

Sunland Baobab is a well-known enormous baobab in South Africa. The tree is located on Sunland Farm , near Modjadjiskloof , Limpopo Province. In one study the tree was carbon-dated and found to be an estimated 1,060 years old, plus or minus 75 years.

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El Arbol de La Sabina

El Arbol de La Sabina is in the Juniper family, which, when distilled, provides us with gin. This specific tree can also be found in the Canary Islands, an autonomous region of Spain. The wood is really compact, fine-grained, super tough, yellowish-brown or reddish and extremely aromatic. It can grow in most soils and climates and gets its appearance from being pushed over by the rough winds that cross the ocean.

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