As fall changes the leaves of the trees around us, we're more appreciative of them than ever. Because honestly, when else do we take the time to really take note of how awesome our trees are? Take a look at this list of some of the world's most impressive trees.
1. The Methuselah Tree is a 4,843-year-old bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California. Before the discovery of a bristlecone believed to be over 5,000 years old, this tree was considered the oldest living non-clonal organism in the world.
2. This tree has been engineered to grow 40 different kinds of stone (pitted) fruits, allowing the possibility of growing such food in more adverse climates.
3. This Japanese Pink Wisteria tree is 144 years old. The tree has been in Japan’s Ashikaga Flower Park since 1870 and now covers over 2,000 square meters, requiring metal poles to support its branches.
4. The largest single stem tree in the world is this 275-foot sequoia in California's Sequoia National Park. It is believed to be up to 2,700 years old.
5. These African Baobab trees look like something out of a Nintendo game. Due to the harsh climate, Baobabs store water in their trunks, sometimes over 32,000 gallons.
6. This Angel Oak Tree in South Carolina is estimated to be up to 14,000 years old.
7. These Circus Trees were genetically engineered, designed by horticulturalist Axel Erlandson.
8. The oldest known chestnut tree is 4,000 years old. This Sicilian tree is the subject of legend, believed to have given shelter to 100 knights during a thunderstorm.
9. The Rainbow Eucalyptus gets its hues from the bark responding to changes in weather and aging.
10. This 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree, now in the National Bonsai Museum in Washington, D.C., survived the Hiroshima nuclear bombing in 1945.
11. The Montezuma Cypress in Mexico has the thickest trunk in the world. It is believed to be up to 3,000 years old.
12. Local legends says that indigenous Australians used the hollow trunk of this Boab tree as a holding cell for criminals.
13. This Major Oak is over 1,000 years old. This particular tree is rumored by locals to have been Robin Hood’s hideout.
14. Banyan trees begin as figs, which grow on other trees, and get their hollow look from the parasitic overgrowth of the Banyan taking down its host tree.
15. The oldest living olive tree is Greece's Olive Tree of Vouves in Crete. It still produces spectacular, and expensive, olives.
16. Because of harsh Antarctic winds, these New Zealand trees are permanently wind-blown.