Trees are some of the most beautiful things created by God. They provide food, water, shade, fresh air and other things.
I cannot imagine what life would be without trees. Here’s a list of some of the most wonderful trees from the six continents.
Tree of Life – Bahrain
The Tree of Life is a 400-year old mesquite tree in Bahrain which is considered a natural wonder. This unique tree stands alone in the desert about 1.2 miles (two kilometers) from the Jebel Dukhan. The source of water for this tree still remains a mystery, because it stands in a place completely without water supply. Mesquites yield yellowish gums used in making mucilage, candies and dyes.
Cedars of God – Lebanon
The Cedars of God are among the last survivors of the immense forests of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. Their timber was exploited by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians as well as the Phoenicians. The wood was especially prized by Egyptians for shipbuilding; Solomon used them in the construction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and the Ottoman Empire also used the cedars to build its railroad system.
The Cedars of God is a small forest of about 400 Lebanon Cedar trees at about 2,300 meters above sea level in the mountains of northern Lebanon. The Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned in the Bible over 70 times and used as symbols of the Messiah, and they were prized by historical figures such as Herod, Alexander, and Caesar. They also have a mention in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
World’s Hardiest Conifer – Chile
Araucaria araucana (Pehuén or Monkey-puzzle) is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. It is native to central Chile and Argentina, and is an evergreen tree growing to 40 m tall and 2 m trunk diameter. Because of this species’ great age it is sometimes described as a living fossil. Araucaria araucana is the national tree of Chile.
Curtain Fig Tree – Australia
Curtain Fig Tree a massive tree near Cairns, Australia is one of the largest trees in North Queensland. The vine dangles 15 meters to the ground to create a curtain-like effect and one of the best known attractions on the Atherton Tableland. The Curtain Fig Tree is from the strangler fig species Ficus virens. Normally these parasitic figs germinate on top of another tree and try to make roots into the ground. Once this important step is done, the fig will grow vigorously, finally kill the hosting tree and then grow on independently. In this case the hosting tree tilted towards the next one, the fig also grows around that one. Its curtain of aerial roots drop 15 meters (49 feet) to the ground.
Cathedral Fig Tree – Australia
The Cathedral Fig Tree, like the Curtain Fig Tree, is a gigantic 500 year old strangler tree.
Ginkgo Tree – Japan
This ginkgo tree is located in Toyama, Japan. It is said to be 1,400 years old and is a female ginkgo. Ginkgo is deciduous tree having fan-shaped leaves and fleshy yellow seeds; exists almost exclusively in cultivation especially as an ornamental street tree and medicinal tree.
Banyan Tree – Philippines
Banyan tree or locally called Balete tree in the Philippines has always been associated with supernatural and believed by many to be a dwelling place of supernatural beings like the white lady, tikbalang and many others. In India it is a sacred tree and their national tree. A single banyan tree may cover an area nearly 1,500 ft. (460 m) in circumference and have more than 3,000 trunk-like roots.
Emancipation Oak – U.S.A.
Emancipation Oak is a historic tree located on the campus of Hampton University in what is now the City of Hampton, Virginia The large sprawling oak is 98 feet (30 m) in diameter, with branches which extend upward as well as laterally, as if offering refuge. It is designated as one of the 10 Great Trees of the World by the National Geographic Society and is part of the National Historic Landmark District of Hampton University. The tree is a Live Oak (Quercus virgiana).
Bottle Tree -Australia
This tree is extremely drought tolerant and can thrive with little to no water. They are cultivated in other warm regions as ornamentals. The name refers to the peculiar shape of the tree trunk. The Aborigines ate the young roots and seeds either raw or roasted. Bottle trees store water inside the swollen trunk, up to 120,000 liters (32,000 US gallons), to endure the harsh drought conditions particular to each region.
Major Oak of Sherwood Forest – England
This giant tree, with a waistline of 35 ft, a height of 52 feet and weighing an estimated 23 tons, has been here for about 800-1000 years. Legend has it that once upon a time Robin Hood hid from his enemies inside the hollow of the Major Oak
Tane Mahuta – New Zealand
Tane Mahuta, a giant Kauri in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand. The tree’s Maori name means “Lord of the Forest” and is the name of a god in the Maori pantheon. Tāne Mahuta is the most massive kauri known to stand today. It is 51 meters (169 feet) in height, and has a circumference of 13.8 meters (45 feet). There is no proof of the tree’s age, but it is estimated to be between 1250 and 2500 years old. The trunk girth is 13.77 m, the trunk height is 17.68 m, the total height is 51.2 m and the trunk volume is 244.5 m3. It is the most famous tree in New Zealand and the oldest.
Te Matua Ngahere – New Zealand
Te Matura Nagger is a giant Kauri in Waipahu Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand.The tree’s Maori name means “Father of the Forest”. Although not as massive or tall as its neighbor Tame Mahuta, Te Matura Ngahere is much stouter, with a girth just over 16 meters (52.5 feet). There is no proof of the tree’s age, but it is estimated to be about 2000 years old. The tree is a remnant of the ancient rain forest that once grew on the North Auckland Peninsula.
The Largest of the Oldest – Patriarch Grove, U.S.A.
Bristlecone Pine trees live longer than 4,000 years. This is not the oldest, but the largest Bristlecone pine tree in the world located in White Mountains, California. The ancient trees have survived more than 40 centuries, exceeding the age of the oldest Giant Sequoia by 1,500 years. For trees that old, one would expect giants, but Bristlecone pines look more like weathered dwarfs than like old giants. They add no more than an inch per century to their girth. The harsh climate above 10,000 ft elevation and very poor soil conditions don’t let things grow too big. As a matter of fact, Bristlecone pines are the only trees to have adapted to these conditions. That gives them a competitive edge allowing for a long and undisturbed life.
Baobab Tree – South Africa
The Sunland “Big Baobab” in Limpopo Province, South Africa is famous internationally for being the largest of its species in the world. Africa is symbolized by these magnificent trees. The Sunland Big Baobab is carbon dated to be around 6,000 years old. When baobabs become a thousand years old, they begin to hollow inside. The Big Baobab has resulted in wonderful caverns and caves, where the world famous Baobab Tree Bar and Wine Cellar now amaze visitors. The tree bar can accommodate more than 60 people.
Hope you enjoyed this brief sightseeing of some of the most spectacular trees from the six continents.
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