The world’s most magnificent trees
Beautiful trees are nature’s sight for sore eyes. These trees are some of the world’s most magnificent ones located in different parts of the world. They are nature’s simplistic way of showing a world adorned with beauty all around.
Dragon blood tree, Socotra
Socotra is home to the spooky, ancient-looking dragon blood trees, simply named ‘Socotra dragon trees.’ The tree is designed like an umbrella to ensure that every drop of water from dew or rain trickles down to the central trunk and to the roots.
The tree derives its name from the disturbingly blood-red resin that exudes from the bark when it is cut or injured – it is a protection against pests and disease, and was considered a magical cure-all in Europe in the 17th century. The resin has been used more recently in breath-fresheners and love potions.
Baobab tree, southern Africa
Central southern Africa’s baobabs are among the most shapeless trees around – so much so, in fact, that they look like they’ve been thrown upside down into the earth, their branches far too spindly for their gigantic girth.
Their trunks are like sponges, capable of expanding as they take up rainy season water which attracts elephants. Those great creatures are known to tear off pieces of the tree in order to get a drink.
Kauri tree, New Zealand
The North island of New Zealand’s towering kauris can rise to 150 ft (45 m) tall. They stand in the forest like ancient columns, their massive mottled-gray trunks surrounded by branches until clear of the understory.
Resin from the forest, which sometimes fell off in lumps, grown for thousands of years -that is, before businessmen discovered during the 19th century that it was the ideal ingredient for outdoor varnish.
Silver birch, Finland
In the frost, Scandinavia’s improbably white bark and the birch trees of north-eastern Europe are truly spectacular. Oddly enough, the bark has developed in that manner to absorb light.
Like other trees, the birch lives with a fungal partner whose microscopic filaments tap into the roots and fan out underneath the soil, floating nutrients that arboreal roots can not yet touch. The fruit, in exchange, holds the fungus filled with sugars.
Traveller’s tree, Madagascar
The traveler’s tree gets its name from its impressive leaf fan, reputed to be so reliably oriented that it can be used as a compass.
The traveler’s tree, an outgrown relative of the Bird of Paradise flower, has big, bright turquoise blue seeds which is a rare feature in plants. This is because it co-with the ruffed lemur, which has only blue and green eye receptors.
Areca palm tree, India
Paan is commonly used as a social lubricant, or chewed as a mouth cleanser after dinner. It turns alarmingly vermillion in the mouth and slowly blackens the teeth–which in Thailand used to be thought of as charming and beautiful.
The main active ingredient comes from the large seeds deep inside the areca palm’s orange fruit: a delightfully tall and slender species of tree, with a disc-like trunk consisting of dark and light horizontal bands.
Yoshino cherry, Japan
The cherry blossom season in Japan -or hanami period -is one of the biggest natural sights on earth. It is partially because the blooms are so stunning, and the flowers appear long before the foliage.
The pinkish-white flower is exquisite, but it is fleeting and thus brings a wistfulness for which the Japanese have a special word,’ mono no conscious.’
Aspen tree, USA
When the Colorado and Utah aspen trees brace for fall, their leaves turn a gleaming golden yellow. When seen against the bright blue skies, their characteristically fluttering leaves shine with an incredible intensity.
Aspens established a new way of colonizing and out competing other animals after fire swept through. They easily clone themselves from shoots that emerge from underground stems and roots.