Have you ever considered the silent natural wonders that surround you, standing tall in a variety of shapes and sizes? I’m talking about trees, which are natural wonders and a gift to this world and humanity as a whole. They are essential to the survival of all living things on Earth because they provide oxygen, food, and shelter; they maintain ecology and keep the atmosphere clean. Trees first appeared on the surface of Earth 360 million years ago. It is estimated that there are over 60,000 types of trees in the world, each with a distinct role to play. I had a great time researching to write about this beautiful creation of nature because I learned so many amazing facts about trees that I did not know before. But it was also a difficult task to pick just a few from the thousands of most beautiful trees in nature. As a result, I had to limit my topic to trees that are physically distinct and unfamiliar to the majority of us; strange trees in the world, even so, the list is too long. Here are a few of the strange trees in the world, I chose because of their interesting and unusual characteristics. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I did writing about them!
Have you ever thought why trees are important? The importance of trees cannot be ignored as we can’t survive without them. They provide oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil, and support the world’s wildlife as the largest plants on the planet. They also provide us with tools and shelter materials. Trees are not only necessary for life, but as the longest living species on the planet, they provide a link between the past, present, and future. It is critical that woodlands, rainforests, and trees in urban settings, such as parks, are preserved and managed sustainably around the world.
There are a lot of benefits of trees like they act as a physical filter by trapping dust. They absorb all pollutants from the air. Do you know, a single tree removes up to 1.7 Kilo every year! They offer us a shade from solar radiations and reduce the noise pollution too. They also have medicinal and antiseptic properties. They help to reduce the stress levels by making your heart rate slower. They can reduce the rate of global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide as they grow. They decrease the wind speeds and cool the air as they can lose moisture and reflect the heat. Importance of trees can be understood by the fact that they can reduce the temperature of a city up to 7 degree Celsius. They prevent soil erosion and flooding by absorbing thousand liters of storm water.
Dragon blood trees, Socotra
One of the strange trees in the world is dragon blood tree. At first glance, they resemble upside-down giant umbrellas or alien fauna from another planet. These unusually beautiful trees, of course, are neither alien fauna nor found on any other planet. They are known as dragon blood trees, and they can be found across a vast deserted area of Socotra, Yemen. You might be wondering why the tree is called Dragon Blood. The trees have nothing to do with dragons or blood, but the name was given to them because of the red sap that leaks from their bark when it is cut or damaged. The red sap is the dragon blood trees’ defense system, and it protects them from pests and disease. In 17th century Europe, sap was thought to be a magical cure-all. The claim was correct; the sap contains medicinal properties, and the resin has recently been used in breath fresheners and other medicines.
Baobab tree, South Africa
These magnificent pillar-like trees can be found in arid regions of Madagascar, mainland Africa, Arabia, and Australia. Baobabs appear to be lifeless giant pillars from a distance, but they are the most sustainable fauna found in arid regions. They have leafless branches for approximately nine months and only bloom for three months. The leaves appear on the tips, and white flowers bloom at night, spreading a sour milk scent. The egg-shaped one-foot long fruit is considered a super food by the locals because it is high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Baobabs are also known as “the tree of life” because their trunk and branches are porous and work like a sponge to store water. As a result, they conserve more water than any other tree. It is estimated that a healthy baobab trunk can hold up to 120,000 liters of water. Isn’t it amazing? All trees provide benefits, but in the case of the baobab, the tree appears to be a wonder. Pounded bark, for example, is used to make ropes, mats, baskets, paper, cloth, musical instrument strings, and waterproof hats. Aside from that, baobabs are used in a variety of medicines to treat kidney and bladder diseases, asthma, insect bites, and a variety of other ailments.
The sandbox trees
Sandbox trees are considered to be life-threatening. They are native to North and South America’s tropical regions, including the Amazon rainforest. They can also be found in Tanzania. Sandbox trees are also referred to as dynamite trees. Doesn’t that sound strange? Yes, the fruits they produce explode, propelling seeds at speeds of up to 160 miles per hour, allowing them to land up to a hundred feet or more away from the tree. The fruit looks like small pumpkins but functions like grenades, causing serious injury to anyone who comes into contact with it. Aside from that, the tree’s trunk is completely covered with dark pointed spines that are full of toxic sap and are known to be extremely dangerous to humans.
Kauri tree, New Zealand
The towering kauris of New Zealand’s north island can reach heights of 150 feet (45 meters). They stand in the forest like ancient columns, their colossal mottled-grey trunks unbroken by branches until they’re well clear of the understory. Resin from the trees accumulated for thousands of years – that is, until entrepreneurs discovered in the late nineteenth century that it was the ideal ingredient for outdoor varnish. The 1890s saw a resin rush, with scenes reminiscent of the California Gold Rush. 10,000 prospectors from across the Empire arrived with metal rods, which were driven into the ground and twanged – the timbre indicating whether or not the prospector had struck resin. The New Zealand government was wise enough to tax exports in order to fund a large amount of infrastructure. The fallen resin has been collected, but the trees that remain are breathtaking.
Silver birch, Finland
The birch trees of Scandinavia and north-eastern Europe’s unusually white bark is truly mesmerizing in the snow. Surprisingly, the bark has evolved in this manner to reflect light – even trees can have too much of a good thing. The birch, like other trees, has a fungal partner whose microscopic filaments plug into the roots and fan out beneath the forest, sucking up nutrients that tree roots can’t quite reach. In exchange, the tree provides sugars to the fungus. The mushrooms and toadstools we see are the fruiting bodies of the fungus that poke up above ground every now and then. The hallucinogenic (and dangerous) fly agaric toadstool, which you’re probably familiar with as the scarlet-topped, white-sprinkled mushroom from every fairy tale ever, is the birch’s life partner.
Yoshino cherry, Japan
Strange trees in the world: The cherry blossom season in Japan, known as hanami, is one of the world’s great natural spectacles. This is due in part to the beauty of the blooms, as well as the fact that the flowers appear before the foliage. The pinkish-white blossom is perfect, but it is fleeting, giving it a wistfulness for which the Japanese have a special term,’mono no aware.’ The trees are almost revered, and for the foreign visitor, hanami is an opportunity to affectionately observe the social etiquette of parties and work-outs held under the trees. When you start looking, you’ll notice that the cherry blossom symbol is everywhere – on company logos, clothing, porcelain, and, of course, tattoos.
Brazil nut tree, Bolivia
Surprisingly, the best place to see Brazil nut trees is in the forests of Bolivia. They’re enormously tall, with impossibly straight trunks – binoculars are required to see its large white flowers. The nuts are arranged like orange segments within an outer casing the size of a cricket ball and tough enough to withstand a 60mph impact with the ground. Agonutis (large local rodents) can gnaw through the casing and disperse the seeds unless they are discovered by humans first. Surprisingly, Brazilian nut trees concentrate various natural soil chemicals, including some radioactive elements, in their nuts. This was only discovered when a nuclear worker who was regularly checked for radioactivity was discovered to be slightly radioactive – not from the nuclear plant, but from the bags of nuts he ate every day!
Buttress roots tree
We’ve seen these amazing trees in pictures and movies; they have roots that grow and spread both on the ground and underground. They appear mesmerizing, yet straight out of a sci-fi thriller film. So, what causes some trees to develop roots in buttresses or on the ground? According to researchers, when the soil quality where the trees grow is inadequate, the tree does not go deep enough into the ground, instead bulking up its roots on the surface and seeking nutrients on top of the ground. The roots also prevent trees from falling over.
Traveler’s tree or traveler’s palm
This stunning tree resembles a peacock with its feathers spread or a massive fan of leaves. They are the only member of the genus and can be found in Madagascar. So, what gives this name? There is, however, an explanation. The tree stores water at the base of its leaves and has been used for drinking in emergencies for centuries. The leaves of the tree are four to five meters long, similar to those of the banana plant. Each leaf base is shaped like a massive cup and can hold approximately one liter of rainwater. White flower clusters with light blue seeds grow on the tree.
Silk cotton trees
One of the strange trees in the world are silk cotton trees. You can’t take your gaze away from these silk cotton trees. They are enormously tall and physically distinct, with massive and twirling roots spreading all over the ground rather than beneath the ground. They are so beautiful that you won’t realize you’re looking at roots at first because their size makes them look like the trunks of trees. Silk cotton trees can be found almost anywhere in the world, but the ones in Cambodia are particularly well-known because they have outgrown the ancient structures. The roots of silk cotton trees are scattered throughout the ancient Angkor complex, as if slowly reclaiming the site.
This Gingko tree, which grows next to the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains, drops yellow leaves every November, turning the temple into a yellow ocean.
The crooked forest
Crooked trees are oddly shaped pine trees near the town of Gryfino in western Poland and are in the list of strange trees in the world. The crooked forest is shrouded in mystery, with numerous theories proposed over the years, none of which have been proven to be correct. As a result, no one knows what caused these trees to be so bizarrely crooked. The crooked forest is made up of approximately 400 pine trees with a 90-degree bend at their base, the vast majority of which are bent northward. It is estimated that the trees were planted in the 1930s and were seven to ten years old when they were subjected to whatever force/damage caused trunk curvature. Of course, there are many theories, one of which is that the trees grew in this manner due to the use of a human tool or technique. However, nothing has been proven thus far, and the mystery surrounding the crooked trees remains a mystery.
This tree, native to the Philippines, has a psychedelic appearance due to its multicolored layers of bark. Because of the irregular pattern in which it shades its bark, the different stages and colors of its exposure are visible, ranging from green to blue to purple to orange to brown. Despite its aesthetic appeal, the tree is grown for paper manufacturing rather than decoration.
Strange trees in the world: When I first learned about boojum, I was curious as to where this spiky electricity pole-like thing fits into the definition of a tree. So I looked into it further and discovered that boojum are extremely unique and impressive tree/succulents. The Sonoran Desert on the west coasts of Baja, California, and Sonora, Mexico is home to the boojum. It can reach a height of 15 meters. Boojum is leafless during the dry season, but when it rains, it stores water in its trunk and sprouts tiny leaves and yellow clusters of flowers on its spiny branches.
One of the strange trees in the world is bottle tree which is a small cute tree found in southern Africa’s south-western Angola and neighboring north-western Namibia. They are named after their swollen trunks, which resemble those of a bottle. Bottle trees, like baobab trees, store water in their trunks, but unlike baobabs, which are kind enough to quench the thirsts of animals such as elephants and humans, bottle trees only store water for themselves. Don’t be fooled by their cute appearance, and don’t drink the water; it’s deadly and poisonous! The poison it produces is said to be so lethal that locals and hunters use it on their hunting arrows.
Boab prison tree
A large Boab tree outside the town of West Derby in Western Australia has been cut into a small holding cell. The tree served as a temporary holding location for prisoners overnight before being transported to their destination. The Boab Prison Tree, which dates back over 1,500 years, attracts thousands of tourists, many of whom can’t resist a peek inside!
One of the strange trees in the world is Rhododendron which is over 125 years old. The Rhododendron is actually a shrub, not a tree! These species can develop into shrubs or young trees. This lovely photograph was taken of a massive Rhododendron in front of someone’s home in Canada.
Facts about trees
- Rees are the world’s longest living organisms, and they never die of old age. California is home to the oldest trees in the world. Some bristlecone pines and giant sequoias in the state are 4,000-5,000 years old. Methuselah, a 4,852-year-old ancient Bristlecone Pine, is one of the oldest living trees in the world.
- For centuries, trees have been revered. Trees are steeped in folklore and myth, and many ancient pagan cultures, including the Celts, believed that benevolent spirits resided in them. Knocking on tree trunks was thought to awaken the spirit for protection, giving rise to the expression “knock on wood,” which we still use today!
- The oldest tree dates back 3,000 years! The oldest tree in the United Kingdom is thought to be a yew in Scotland, which is estimated to be around 3,000 years old.
- Banana trees lack wood. Despite the fact that we call the plants that produce bananas trees, they do not have a wood trunk. They instead have a fibrous, watery main stalk that is supported by interior water pressure. Banana ‘trees’ are herbaceous plants, which have no above-ground woody stem. Given the appearance of the banana fruit, it’s quite ironic that the plant lacks wood.
- Every year, nearly 16 billion trees are lost due to forest management, deforestation, and changes in land use.
- Trees consume a lot of water. An average tree can consume up to 2000 liters of water per year. A massive tree can quickly consume up to 100 gallons of ground water.
- The manchineel tree, which is native to Florida, is the most poisonous tree in the world. Its fruit, if consumed, can kill a person. Standing under a tree during a rainstorm can also cause blisters, and the smoke from a burning tree can cause blindness.
- In most countries, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Trees can reduce harmful UV exposure by up to 50%. It is critical that trees be planted in high-traffic areas such as playgrounds and school campuses, where children spend hours outside.
- There are over 80,000 edible plant species on the planet.
- Trees improve the quality of water. Rain is slowed and filtered by trees as it falls to the Earth, allowing it to soak into the soil. Trees then act as natural sponges, collecting and filtering rainwater before slowly releasing it into streams and rivers. They also reduce storm water runoff and flood damage by preventing soil erosion into our waterways.
- By planting nearly 20 million trees, the earth and its people will receive an additional 260 million tons of oxygen. Those same 20 million trees will absorb 10 million tons of CO2.
- Trees reduce sound waves, thus blocking noise. They reduce noise by reducing sound intensity, which is a phenomenon known as sound attenuation. To mask unwanted noise, the leaves, twigs, and branches of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous growth absorb and deflect sound waves.
- Trees can help with stress reduction. According to research, being around trees is beneficial to our mental and social well-being. According to a study, the denser the forest, the lower the stress, implying that taking a walk down a tree-lined street may be beneficial to your mental health. Nature experiences may also help us feel kinder toward others, according to research. This is due in part to the fact that they emit phytoncides. When we breathe them in, it can reduce blood pressure, lower anxiety levels, and increase pain threshold.