There’s no doubt that nature is a source of absolute wonder. Perhaps most wonderful (and certainly most beneficial) is that trees provide us with the oxygen that allows us to breathe. These 16 trees, however, are more than a source of life-sustaining oxygen; they provide a veritable feast for the eyes, too! Technically, these might not all be actual trees (bamboo is actually a grass, rhododendrons are in fact shrubs, and wisteria is actually a vine), but their size and beauty sure makes them look as incredible as the most majestic trees. Prepare to be amazed as you catch sight of these gorgeous natural creations.
1. Canadian Rhododendron “Tree”
This giant rhododendron is a whopping 125 years old! These plants are obviously incredibly beautiful, so much so that they're the official flower of Nepal, among other countries and states, appear on the flag of West Virginia and play a significant role in James Joyce's seminal Ulysses. They even have culinary applications; in Nepal, the flower is used fresh, dried or even pickled.
2. Japanese Wisteria
This giant, 144-year-old wisteria plant can be found in the Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan. This impressive specimen is 1,990 square meters, but it doesn't even touch the world's largest, which clocks in at .4 hectares (4,000 square meters). Wisteria are extremely popular in landscaping because of their hardy and fast-growing nature.
3. Antarctic Wind-Swept Trees
Located in Slope Point, which can be found at the very southern tip of New Zealand, these trees are constantly subjected to the extreme Antarctic winds from an air stream that travels over the Southern Ocean entirely uninterrupted for 2,000 miles. This force causes them to grow sideways rather than upwards.
4. Japanese Maple
Despite its name, this particular tree makes its home in Portland, Oregon. The Japanese maple has been cultivated in its home country of Japan for centuries, but started making its way to other temperate areas of the world in the 1800s.
5. Antarctic Beech Draped In Hanging Moss
Although this species of tree is native to Chile and Argentina, this particular one is found in Australia. New England National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, is home to around 1,000 different plant species, including the Antarctic beech.
6. Tunnel Of Blooming Cherry Trees
Found in Bonn, Germany, this gorgeous pink tunnel of trees is particularly lovely to behold in April, as seen here.
7. Johns Island’s Angel Oak
This Angel Oak is so impressive that it inspired a whole park, named Angel Oak Park, in South Carolina, near Charleston. The tree is said to be over 400 years old, is 66.5 feet tall and 28 feet in circumference. The amount of shade it provides is staggering, too; over 17,000 square feet of ground are covered by the tree's leafy branches.
8. Flamboyant Tree
Found in Brazil, although the species is endemic to Madagascar, the Flamboyant tree is also called Royal Poinciana and can sometimes be referred to as a Flame tree. With just one look, it's easy to see how it got its names.
9. Yemeni Dragonblood Trees
They look wild and they've got a scary name, but they're actually quite helpful little trees. The crimson sap that inspired the name is now used as a dye and, in the past, was used as violin varnish, in alchemy and as part of various folk remedies.
10. “The President”
As the name suggests, this huge sequoia is considered pretty significant. Located in California's Sequoia National Park, President is the third largest sequoia in the world (or even second depending on the criteria) with a height of 241 feet and a ground circumference of 93 feet.
11. Maple Tree Tunnel
It's certainly not the most famous St. Louis around, but this vivid red maple tree tunnel alone makes St. Louis, Oregon a place worth visiting.
12. Rainbow Eucalyptus
Found throughout the South Pacific (these particular pictures are of rainbow eucalyptus in Kauai, Hawaii), these trees are just as useful as they are beautiful. The bark these trees shed are incredibly colorful and beautiful and the pulpwood they produce is used to make paper.
13. Jacaranda Trees
The name of these beautiful trees is said to be derived from the Guarani language, which is one of the official languages of Paraguay, from a word meaning fragrant. This species has a variety of subspecies that have different appearances and uses but Brazilian Jacaranda in specific is often used to make the body of acoustic guitars.
14. Avenue Of Oaks
Planted in the 1790s at South Carolina's Dixie Plantation, this beautiful tunnel of trees was used as the main pathway to the large mansion built at the end.
15. Madagascan Baobabs
There's a reason that these unique plants have giant, thick trunks and little else; baobabs are very good at storing water in their trunks to be used during droughts.
16. The Dark Hedges
Growing along Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland are the Dark Hedges. It's easy to see why this tunnel of trees is one of the most photographed spots in Northern Ireland. Perhaps the Hedges’ most famous photoshoot, however, comes courtesy of the ever-popular television series Game of Thrones. The lane is featured in the first episode of season two.
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