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, MadagascarBaobob 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 LankaThe 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, YemenNative 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, HawaiiStreaked 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 ZealandSome 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.