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Five Types of Trees that Have Our Attention

Summer is here, and now it’s time to finally stop marveling at the blooming trees and hide underneath them for some valuable shade. It’s easy to forget just how many unique and interesting tree species are scattered across the world, but luckily we came up with a list of just five that’ll have you planning a tree-touring trip around the world.

1. Baobab Trees, Madagascar

A huge, misshapen Baobab Tree.

Try wrapping your arms around these interestingly shaped giants. [Image: http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/how-to-grow-baobab-tree-from-seed.html]

Baobob Trees are known by many names (Upside Down Trees, Bottle Trees, and Monkey Bread Trees to name a few) due to their distinctive, mostly leafless appearance. Most of these trees can be found in Madagascar, but certain species appear in Australia and Africa as well. They come in handy for both humans and animals in the unbearable savannah heat, and the thick tree bark is fire resistant and great for making cloth or rope. These fascinating trees are thought to have long lives, and rumor has it that there’s one in South Africa that’s over 6,000 years old!

2. Cannonball Trees, Sri Lanka

Cannonball-like fruits hanging from a tree trunk.

Look out, above! You don’t want to get knocked on the head by these heavy fruits. [Image: http://timdeanblog.com/2013/04/27/trees/]

The nickname Cannonball Tree makes sense once you see the large, round fruits hanging off its trunks. Don’t get too close, though, because they live up to their name, and a falling fruit could lead to lots of pain! Often found in Central and South American rainforests, these trees are an exquisite sight. If you can tolerate the horrible smell, the fruits are edible, too.

3. Dragon Blood Trees, Yemen

Umbrella-shaped trees.

The Dragon Blood Trees’ shape make them the perfect place to hide from the sun. [Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neslab/8288058514]

Native to the Socotra archipelago in Yemen, the rare and distinct Dragon Blood Trees have an even more interesting characteristic underneath their bark. Once cut, the trees appear to bleed by releasing a red resin commonly used in medicines and dyes. Unfortunately many populations of this tree are struggling because of poor regeneration and increased tourism and overdevelopment.

4. Rainbow Eucalyptus, Hawaii

Colorful tree bark.

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you—these trees ARE rainbow! [Image: http://www.lovethesepics.com/2013/01/living-rainbow-rainbow-eucalyptus-most-beautiful-tree-bark-on-earth-36-pics/]

Streaked in color and looking almost like part of an art project, the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees are a gorgeous, tropical sight. They naturally occur in the Northern Hemisphere and can be found in tree plantations around the world as well.

5. Windswept Trees, New Zealand

Trees bent to the side because of drastic winds.

The only other living creatures you’ll see by these trees are probably sheep! [Image: http://www.placestoseeinyourlifetime.com/windswept-trees-in-the-brute-slope-point-new-zealand-5300/]

Some pretty intense, Antarctic winds relentlessly hit Slope Point in New Zealand, leading to its breathtaking Windswept Trees. Aside from these drastically bent trees, the only other living creatures in its proximity are herding sheep.

Don’t just take it from us, though—discover some of these majestic beauties on your own! Download our Pocket Ranger® State Parks Apps and National Park Passport Guide App to find some rare and remarkable trees near you.

Five Interesting Trees from Around the World

The world is filled with a plethora of awe-inspiring, wondrous trees. Whether they’re staggeringly tall, far older than most living humans, or made a wave in Hollywood, each has a unique story behind them. As we come to the end of spring, we want to pay homage to some of the most interesting trees in the world.

1. Old Wisteria, Japan

A huge Wisteria tree in Japan.

Tour underneath the magical canopy of Old Wisteria. [Image: http://iwastesomuchtime.com/]

This miraculous 144-year-old Wisteria tree can be found in the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, a space that it totally transforms and takes over. Although not the largest Wisteria, it spans about half an acre and is a sight to behold. Its vines (not branches) are held up by steel rods to make it easy for tree lovers to walk underneath its alluring canopy.

2. Rhododendron Tree, Canada

A gigantic Rhododendron shrub.

This Rhododendron has moved from shrub to tree territory. [Image: http://lowboredom.com/]

Normally only seen in bush form, this 125-year-old Rhododendron has grown into an expansive tree in front of a house in Canada. Now that’s a healthy looking shrub!

3. Pirangi Cashew Tree, Brazil

A huge tree that takes up over two-acres.

Brazil’s Pirangi Cashew tree takes up over two-acres! [Image: http://ifactss.blogspot.com/]

Planted by a fisherman in 1888 that didn’t realize that the plant would grow to take up so much space (almost two-acres!), the Pirangi Cashew tree in Grande do Norte, Brazil is the largest cashew tree in the world. Genetic mutations made it possible for this tree to grow as fast and large as it did, and it’s now a popular park that locals and tourists alike enjoy.

4. The Tule Tree, Mexico

An enormous tree trunk in Mexico.

The Tule Tree is an impressive and gigantic Montezuma Cypress tree. [Image: http://www.grayline.com/]

Found on the grounds of Santa María del Tule in Oaxaca, The Tule Tree is one of the oldest and largest Montezuma Cypress trees in the world. The tree measures at 114-feet wide and 116-feet high and is thought to be approximately 2,000 years old. Grab some friends and try hugging this behemoth!

5. The Tree of Life, Bahrain 

A tree in the desert in front of a setting sun.

The isolated yet marvelous Tree of Life is a worthwhile sight! [Image: http://www.bahtaxi.com/]

It’s hard to miss this beauty as it’s the only major tree in the area and is a huge tourist attraction in Bahrain. The tree is about 400 years old atop a sandy hill that formed over a 500-year-old fortress and is approximately 32-feet tall. Many artifacts have been uncovered around the tree, including some that may date back to the Dilmun civilization.

6. BONUS: Tree of Ténéré, Niger 

An isolated tree in the desert.

The Tree of Ténéré was a fascinating tree with an unfortunate end. [Image: http://knowledgenuts.com/]

This last one is a bit of a stretch since unfortunately the Tree of Ténéré is no longer alive, but it was a phenomenal tree with an unfortunate, somewhat heartbreaking end that deserves recognition. It was the only tree for more than 250-miles in the Sahara Desert, reaching about 108-118 feet underground into the water table to sustain life. Unfortunately a drunk truck driver crashed and destroyed the tree in 1973, literally the only structure to be found for miles.

Now that you know where to find these marvels, there’s no reason not to head out and track them down! Download our Pocket Ranger® State Parks Apps and National Park Passport Guide App to find gorgeous trees near you.