10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World

"A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food,
warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to
those who wield an axe to cut it down
" - Buddha.

There are probably hundreds of majestic and magnificent trees in the world - of these, some are particularly special:


10. Lone Cypress in Monterey

The Lone Cypress
(Image credit: bdinphoenix [flickr])

Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach
(Image credit: mikemac29 [flickr])

Buffeted by the cold Pacific Ocean wind, the scraggly Lone Cypress [wiki] (Cupressus macrocarpa) in Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula, California, isn't a particularly large tree. It makes up for its small size, however, with its iconic status as a stunningly beautiful tree in splendid isolation, framed by an even more beautiful background of the Pacific Ocean.

9. Circus Trees

As a hobby, bean farmer Axel Erlandson [wiki] shaped trees - he pruned, bent, and grafted trees into fantastic shapes and called them "Circus Trees." For example, to make this "Basket Tree" arborsculpture, Erlandson planted six sycamore trees in a circle and then grafted them together to form the diamond patterns.

Basket Circus Tree
Basket Tree (Image credit: jpeepz [flickr])

Circus Tree with Two Legs
The two-legged tree (Image credit: Vladi22, Wikipedia)

Ladder Tree
Ladder tree (Image credit: Arborsmith)

Axel Erlandson underneath a Circus Tree
Axel Erlandson underneath one of his arborsculpture (Image credit: Wilma Erlandson, Cabinet Magazine)

Erlandson was very secretive and refused to reveal his methods on how to grow the Circus Trees (he even carried out his graftings behind screens to protect against spies!) and carried the secrets to his grave.

The trees were later bought by millionaire Michael Bonfante, who transplanted them to his amusement park Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy in 1985.

8. Giant Sequoias: General Sherman

General Sherman Tree
(Image credit: Humpalumpa [flickr])

Giant Sequoias [wiki] (Sequoiadendron giganteum), which only grow in Sierra Nevada, California, are the world's biggest trees (in terms of volume). The biggest is General Sherman [wiki] in the Sequoia National Park - one behemoth of a tree at 275 feet (83.8 m), over 52,500 cubic feet of volume (1,486 m³), and over 6000 tons in weight.

General Sherman is approximately 2,200 years old - and each year, the tree adds enough wood to make a regular 60-foot tall tree. It's no wonder that naturalist John Muir said "The Big Tree is Nature's forest masterpiece, and so far as I know, the greatest of living things."

For over a century there was a fierce competition for the title of the largest tree: besides General Sherman, there is General Grant [wiki] at King's Canyon National Park, which actually has a larger circumference (107.5 feet / 32.77 m vs. Sherman's 102.6 feet / 31.27 m).

In 1921, a team of surveyors carefully measured the two giants - with their data, and according to the complex American Forestry Association system of judging a tree, General Grant should have been award the title of largest tree - however, to simplify the matter, it was later determined that in this case, volume, not point system, should be the determining factor.

7. Coast Redwood: Hyperion and Drive-Thru Trees

Stratosphere GiantThere is another sequoia species (not to be confused with Giant Sequoia) that is quite remarkable: the Coast Redwood [wiki] (Sequoia sempervirens), the tallest trees in the world.

The reigning champion is a tree called Hyperion in the Redwood National Park, identified by researcher Chris Atkins and amateur naturalist Michael Taylor in 2006. Measuring over 379 feet (155.6 115 m) tall, Hyperion beat out the previous record holder Stratosphere Giant [wiki] in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park (at 370 feet / 112.8 m).

The scientists aren't talking about the exact location of Hyperion: the terrain is difficult, and they don't want a rush of visitors to come and trample the tree's root system.

[Image: The Stratosphere Giant - still an impressive specimen, previously the world's tallest tree until dethroned by Hyperion in 2006.]

That's not all that's amazing about the Coast Redwood: there are four giant California redwoods big enough that you can drive your car through them!

The most famous of the drive-through trees is the Chandelier Tree [wiki] in Leggett, California. It's a 315 foot tall redwood tree, with a 6 foot wide by 9 foot tall hole cut through its base in the 1930s.

Chandelier Tree
Chandelier Tree. (Image credit: hlh-abg [flickr])

6. Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse

Chapel Oak Tree
Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse (Image credit: Old trees in Netherlands & Europe)

Chapel Oak Tree
(Image credit: dm1795 [flickr])

Chapel Oak Tree
(Image credit: Luc Doudet)

The Chêne-Chapelle (Chapel-Oak) of Allouville-Bellefosse is the most famous tree in France - actually, it's more than just a tree: it's a building and a religious monument all in one.

In 1669, l'Abbe du Detroit and du Cerceau decided to build a chapel in (at that time) a 500 years old or so oak (Quercus robur) tree made hollow by a lightning bolt. The priests built a small altar to the Virgin Mary. Later on, a second chapel and a staircase were added.

Now, parts of the tree are dead, the crown keeps becoming smaller and smaller every year, and parts of the tree's bark, which fell off due to old age, are covered by protective oak shingles. Poles and cables support the aging tree, which in fact, may not live much longer. As a symbol, however, it seems that the Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse may live on forever.

5. Quaking Aspen: Pando (The Trembling Giant)

Quaking Aspen Grove
Quaking Aspen (Image: Wikipedia)

Aspen Grove
Aspen grove (Image credit: scottks1 [flickr])

Aspen in winter and snow
Quaking Aspen in winter (Image credit: darkmatter [flickr])

Pando [wiki] or the Trembling Giant in Utah is actually a colony of a single Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) tree. All of the trees (technically, "stems") in this colony are genetically identical (meaning, they're exact clones of one another). In fact, they are all a part of a single living organism with an enormous underground root system.

Pando, which is Latin for "I Spread," is composed of about 47,000 stems spread throughout 107 acres of land. It estimated to weigh 6,600 tons, making it the heaviest known organism. Although the average age of the individual stems are 130 years, the entire organism is estimated to be about 80,000 years old!

4. Montezuma Cypress: The Tule Tree

Tule Tree next to a church
The Tule Tree Towers over a church next to it (Image credit: jubilohaku [flickr])

Girth of the Tule Tree
Full width of the Tule Tree (Image credit: Gengiskanhg, Wikipedia)

Detail of knotted burl of the Tule Tree
Close-up of the tree's gnarled trunk. Local legends say that you can make out animals like jaguars and elephants in the trunk, giving the tree the nickname of "the Tree of Life" (Image credit: jvcluis [flickr])

El Árbol del Tule [wiki] ("The Tule Tree") is an especially large Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) near the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. This tree has the largest trunk girth at 190 feet (58 m) and trunk diameter at 37 feet (11.3 m). The Tule tree is so thick that people say you don't hug this tree, it hugs you instead!

For a while, detractors argued that it was actually three trees masquerading as one - however, careful DNA analysis confirmed that it is indeed one magnificent tree.

In 1994, the tree (and Mexican pride) were in jeopardy: the leaves were sickly yellow and there were dead branches everywhere- the tree appeared to be dying. When tree "doctors" were called in, they diagnosed the problem as dying of thirst. The prescription? Give it water. Sure enough, the tree soon recovered after a careful watering program was followed.

3. Banyan Tree: Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

The Banyan tree is named after "banians" or Hindu traders who carry out their business under the tree. Even if you have never heard of a Banyan tree (it was the tree used by Robinson Crusoe for his treehouse), you'd still recognize it. The shape of the giant tree is unmistakable: it has a majestic canopy with aerial roots running from the branches to the ground.

Banyan tree
Banyan tree (Image credit: Diorama Sky [flickr])

Banyan tree's aerial root system
Closer view of the Banyan aerial root structure (Image credit: BillyCrafton [flickr])

If you were thinking that the Banyan tree looks like the trees whose roots snake through the ruins of the Ta Prohm temple like tentacles of the jungle (Lara Croft, anyone?) at Ankor, Cambodia , you'd be right!

Banyan tree at Ta Prohm temple
Banyan tree (or is it silk-cotton tree?) in the ruins of Ta Prohm, Ankor, Cambodia
(Image Credit: Casual Chin [flickr])

One of the most famous species of Banyan, called the Sacred Fig [wiki] or Bo tree, is the Sri Maha Bodhi [wiki] tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said that the tree was grown from a cutting from the original tree under which Buddha became enlightened in the 6th century BC.

Planted in 288 BC, it is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world, with a definitive planting date!

Banyan Tree which Buddha sat under
(Image credit: Images of Ceylon)

Sri Maha Bodhi
(Image credit: Wikipedia)

2. Bristlecone Pine: Methuselah and Prometheus, the Oldest Trees in the World.


Methuselah Grove (Image Credit: NOVA Online)

Prometheus bristlecone pine grove
Bristlecone pine grove in which Prometheus grew (Image credit: James R. Bouldin, Wikipedia)

The oldest living tree in the world is a White Mountains, California, bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) named Methuselah [wiki], after the Biblical figure who lived to 969 years old. The Methuselah tree, found at 11,000 feet above sea level, is 4,838 years old - it is not only the oldest tree but also the oldest living non-clonal organism in the world.

Before Methuselah was identified as the world's oldest tree by Edmund Schulman in 1957, people thought that the Giant Sequoias were the world's oldest trees at about 2,000 years old. Schulman used a borer to obtain a core sample to count the growth rings of various bristlecone pines, and found over a dozen trees over 4,000 years old.

The story of Prometheus [wiki] is even more interesting: in 1964, Donald R. Currey [wiki], then a graduate student, was taking core samples from a tree named Prometheus. His boring tool broke inside the tree, so he asked for permission from the US Forest Service to cut it down and examine the full cross section of the wood. Surprisingly the Forest Service agreed! When they examined the tree, Prometheus turned out to be about 5,000 years old, which would have made it the world's oldest tree when the scientist unwittingly killed it!

Stump of Prometheus
Stump of the Prometheus Tree. (Image Credit: James R. Bouldin, Wikipedia)

Today, to protect the trees from the inquisitive traveler, the authorities are keeping their location secret (indeed, there are no photos identifying Methuselah for fear of vandalism).

1. Baobab

The amazing baobab [wiki] (Adansonia) or monkey bread tree can grow up to nearly 100 feet (30 m) tall and 35 feet (11 m) wide. Their defining characteristic: their swollen trunk are actually water storage - the baobab tree can store as much as 31,700 gallon (120,000 l) of water to endure harsh drought conditions.

Baobab trees are native to Madagascar (it's the country's national tree!), mainland Africa, and Australia. A cluster of "the grandest of all" baobab trees (Adansonia grandidieri) can be found in the Baobab Avenue, near Morondava, in Madagascar:

Baobab Avenue
(Image credit: Fox-Talbot, Wikipedia)

Baobab
(Image credit: plizzba [flickr])

Baobab at sunset
(Image credit: Daniel Montesino [flickr])

In Ifaty, southwestern Madagascar, other baobabs take the form of bottles, skulls, and even teapots:

Teapot baobab
Teapot baobab (Image credit: Gilles Croissant)

The baobab trees in Africa are amazing as well:

Baobab in Tanzania
Baobab in Tanzania (Image credit: telethon [flickr])

Another baobab in Africa
Baobab near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Image credit: ironmanix [flickr])

There are many practical uses of baobab trees, like for a toilet:

Toilet inside a baobab tree
A toilet built inside a baobab tree in the Kayila Lodge, Zambia
(Image credit: Steve Makin [flickr])

... and even for a prison:

Prison boab
A "Prison Baob" tree in Western Australia (Image credit: yewenyi [flickr])

Bonus: Tree That Owns Itself

Tree that Owns Itself
Son of the Tree That Owns Itself (Image Credit: Bloodofox, Wikipedia)

Legend has it that the Tree That Owns Itself [wiki], a white oak in Athens, Georgia was given ownership of itself and the surrounding land by Dr. William Henry Jackson in 1820! The original tree had died long ago, but a new tree (Son of The Tree That Owns Itself) was planted at the same location from one of its acorns.

Bonus 2: The Lonely Tree of Ténéré

Tree of Tenere
The Tree of Ténéré in the 1970s, before a truck crashed into it (Image credit: Peter Krohn)

The Tree of Ténéré or L'Abre du Ténéré was the world's most isolated tree - the solitary acacia, which grew in the Sahara desert in Niger, Africa, was the only tree within more than 250 miles (400 km) around.

The tree was the last surviving member of a group of acacias that grew when the desert wasn't as dry. When scientists dug a hole near the tree, they found its roots went down as deep as 120 feet (36 m) below to the water table!

Apparently, being the only tree in that part of the wide-open desert (remember: there wasn't another tree for 250 miles around), wasn't enough to stop a drunk Libyan truck driver from driving his truck into it, knocking it down and killing it!

Now, a metal sculpture was placed in its spot to commemorate the Lonely Tree of Ténéré:

Metal sculpture of Tenere tree
(Image credit: Nomad's Land, main website)


I'll be the first to acknowledge that this list is far from complete: there are many more magnificent trees in the world (for instance, see the List of Famous Trees [wiki]). If you have any addition of noteworthy tree (and stories about trees), please leave it in the comment section.


In keeping with #3 - the massive banyan in the town square at Lahaina, Maui, though I think it's only 130 years old or so. Still, it has flourished there and must be one of the most incredible trees I've ever seen....

And of course the old Ponderosa Pine in our back yard my dad built a fort in. ;-)
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Definately very cool and thanks for doing it, but 5/10 of the "World's Most Magnificent Trees" in California? Maybe a bit of a bias, there. But still, thanks and good work.
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Brilliant. I love that quaking aspen. For single large trees, Red Tingle trees (Eucalyptus Jacksonii) are pretty amazing too. They're only found in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park in the southwest of Western Australia. Apparently they are the largest based of all the eucalypts, with a girth of up to 26 metres. They grow up to 75 metres tall and live to well over 400 years old. http://www.southernforests.com.au/product/listing.asp?id=72
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it's known how to make the circus tree (look on the kircher society website).

also, i wouldnt say the pacific ocean as a background is more beautiful than the lone cypress (the ocean is just sploshing liquid - whereas the tree is a living thing!) :)

there's a quite famous tree near where i live, is supposedly where robin hood lived - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Oak
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thx for collecting those great images of really magnificent trees. anyway what I was missing are some of those majestic dark firs in black forest, germany.
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Nice list...

but Banyan Tree and Sri Maha Bodhi Tree is different.
last two pictures are of Sri Maha Bodhi Tree.
It's a tree that comes from a part of the original tree that Lord Budda attended enlightment.
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From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_regnans

Eucalyptus regnans is the tallest of all flowering plants, and possibly once the tallest of all plants. The tallest measured specimen is officially taken as 114.3 metres. The tree, Cornthwaite Tree or Thorpdale Tree, was first measured by theodolite in 1880. Next year it was felled and then measured by tape and there was close agreement. (Ken J. Simpfendorfer. "Big Trees in Victoria"). The stump commemorated with an insignificant plaque that exists today. The tree was about 1 metre shorter than the world's current tallest living tree, a Coast Redwood, 115.55 metres. The tallest specimens encountered by early European settlers are now dead as a result of bushfires, logging and advanced age. The tallest measured living specimen, Icarus Dream, was rediscovered in Tasmania in January, 2005 and is 97 metres high (Tasmanian Giant Trees Consultative Committee, ref. 1). It was first measured by surveyors at 98.8 metres in 1962 but the documentation had been lost. 15 living trees in Tasmania have been reliably measured in excess of 90 metres (Tasmanian Giant Trees Consultative Committee, ref. 3). Few living specimens in Victoria exceed 90 metres; old records of logged trees make varied claims of extreme heights, but these are difficult to verify today. The famous Ferguson Tree, a specimen in Victoria that fell after a bushfire, was measured by tape by a government surveyor, William Ferguson, on 21 February 1872, at 133 metres (436 feet), though this figure is not now generally accepted. Its crown had broken off and the diameter of the trunk at that point was still one metre, leading to claims that when it was intact the tree would have exceeded 150 metres (500 feet); this however presupposes that the break occurred in a hitherto undamaged tree. A more realistic scenario is of a shorter tree with several episodes of breakage and regrowth building up a stout stem without at any time attaining the claimed height.
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Sai Ngam, another amazing tree (ONE tree spanning 15,000 sqm or 49,200 sq ft!) in Phimai, close to where I've lived for a few years in Isaan, the north eastern part of Thailand. There are also wonderful ancient Khmer temples similar (yet smaller) to Angkor Wat.

(text and images from http://www.blurrytravel.com/sea2003/journal/01282003/01282003.html, browse down to Sai Ngam) or search Sai Ngam:

"One of the unexpected delights of Phimai was a visit to the nearby Sai Ngam (meaning "Beautiful Banyan"), Thailand's oldest and largest banyan tree. Sai Ngam covers 15,000 square meters (49,200 square feet). At first glance, it looks like a collection of many trees, but on closer inspection, you realize that each "tree" is in fact connected, creating one massive banyan tree. This tree is so large that it has become a popular picnic spot for Thais and a small temple has even been built within its complex system of branches."
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sorry, link doesn't work because of the comma at the end, try this one: http://www.blurrytravel.com/sea2003/journal/01282003/01282003.html
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I first remember the lone cypress in Monterey from the Monterey Home Videos logo before various Grateful Dead movies.

http://www.montereymedia.com
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Unfortunately I couldn't find a lot of information about it on the Internet, but in Brazil we have the world's largest Cashew ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew ), which is a single tree that covers a 7500m2 area.

http://www.natal-brazil.com/portugues/entretenimentos/cajueiro-pirangi.html

Check the last picture in the page. That huge green area? That's one single tree.
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A fascinating entry which I will link from my blog at http://madworldblog.tk

Don't forget the Fortingall Yew which is not spectacular to view now after decay and vandalism (souvenir trade), but it is magnificent to comprehend it as the oldest tree in Europe - conservatively aged at 2000 years. It once had a girth of 52 feet. One thing in this tree's favour is that it is relatively easy to access via road.
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In Canary Islands (Spain):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracaena_draco

There is one in "Icod de los Vinos" that is called the millenary Draco, but it's *only* about 650 years old
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Speaking of old growth, I wonder what Europe's last primevil forests have for old trees, like Bialowieza National Park. Not too far from there I think is Bartek, an oak, which has an interesting history.
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There is a tree called 'Timmamma marrimaanu" literally translated to Timamma's banyan tree. it is supposed to be largest banyan tree ever. If you are interested i will try to find out a few pictures and more details about it.
Thanks,
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"Thimamma Marri Maru, the largest banyan tree in the world covering over 5 acres. It is easily accessible from Ananthapur, and is located in Gootybailu village near Kadiri. The tree is named after Thimamma, believed to be a local saintly woman."

That is in Andhra Pradesh, India. Sorry I couldn't find the pictures off hand. i will try to post them
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if you're gonna talk famous trees i think you cannot forget about Major Oak in Sherwood Forest England which is purportedly the tree that Robin Hood and his merry men would hide in.

http://www.eyemead.com/majoroak.htm
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Hi. I really enjoyed your photo piece on the 10 Most Magnificent Trees. I hope you'll visit my blog and see the photo I took of another interesting tree during a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park in the US state of Utah.

Kind regards,

Bryan
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I loved your list and the photos were beautiful.

However, it would have been nice if the information was free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Thank you.
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Thank you for the suggestion of Major Oak - that's definitely one amazing tree! The agathis isn't bad either... Please keep the suggestions coming!

Joshua Powell - sorry, I don't use RSS much so I don't know how it works for you. Your complaint is actually the first I've received for long articles (there had been many on Neatorama).

Sri Lanka - Bo tree is a species of banyan.

Teacher - thank you. I'm a bad spelor and even am worsening a grammarian. :) If you point out the mistakes, I'll be happy to edit the post.
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There was a tree in Tracy, MN that looked like a giant had taken it and wringed all the sap out of it. It was left in it's mangled state after an F5 tornado pounded Tracy, resulting in a lot of devestation and 11 people dead. It stood as a monument for several years until it rotted away, and then was replaced by a steel sculpture that mimicked it's twisted form. It's kind of a city landmark
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I was interested to see you told the basic story of the Prometheus bristlecone tree in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. There is a bit of local story that one might find interesting. The forest service sawyer who "sectioned" the tree died of heart attack on his return back down from the cirque in which the tree was growing. He complained of heartburn due to his wife's spicey spaghetti sauce. The date of approximately 5,000 years was achieved by counting tree's nearly microscopic rings from the center but there is speculation that the original center of the tree had actually eroded away (not unheard of in this species when it grows exposed to the abrasive load of grit and snow carried in the winds)leaving the dendrochronologists to estimate the date conservatively. It is a beautiful place, Great Basin in general and Wheeler Peak's glacial cirque in particular. Summers are cool there up above the basin, and the crowds associated with westeren parks in the summer are very rare. Well worth the visit.
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I would check out SUNY Geneseo's "Seuss Spruce" for a memorable tree. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_University_of_New_York_at_Geneseo#The_Seuss_Spruce
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Copper Canyon, Mexico:

http://lowing.org/mexico/IMG_4711.JPG

Batopilas, Shepherd's Castle, Silver Canyon Mexico:

http://lowing.org/mexico/IMG_0624.JPG

Tree of Life, Bahrain:

http://k43.pbase.com/u37/bmcmorrow/upload/32346375.bahrain470.JPG
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According to my Lonely Planet Hiking in Japan book, the largest of the giant cedar trees on Yakushima Island is reportedly 7,200 years old and has a girth of 28 meters.
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Why so many trees from the US? There are many magnificent hardward forests in Australia that are hard to match, especially in Tasmania.
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You shouldn't use 'wiki' as an abbreviation for Wikipedia. If you want to abbreviate it, use "WP".

Also, the credit for images found on Wikipedia does not belong to "Wikipedia" - it belongs to the individual photographer. You can find who to credit by clicking on the photo. Thanks.
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Very nice collection of tree pictures. I am partial to the bamboo forests on the bank of the chattahoochie river near my place, and the giant sequoias in the pacific northwest. I wish I could visit all these places.
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"That’s not all that’s amazing about the Coast Redwood: there are four giant California redwoods big enough that you can drive your car through them!"

Would you drive your car through the Sistine Chapel? No! Why? Because it's sacred! Redwoods are (should be) sacred, too. Drive-through trees are a desecration and shouldn't be celebrated.

Tourists drove to Sequoia National Park looking through a drive-through tree, and when we don't them there wasn't one, they freaked out and exclaimed, "We came all this way for nothing!"

They sure did.
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Thanks for the great collection of trees. Here's one from our neck of the woods (HA!)

The "Seven Sisters Oak" in Lewisberg, Louisiana is believed to be approx. 1,500 years old and has a girth of over 38 feet. It's also president of the Live Oak Society. You can learn more here:
http://www.louisianagardenclubs.org/pages/oak.htm
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Chris - Thanks for the Seuss Spruce suggestion. That is awesome!

Steve - I think it's clearer to use "wiki" to denote wikipedia than "WP". I've corrected some of the image credits which I found on Wikipedia - a couple came with user info and credit (in the file history), some did not.

Ranger X - the hole-cutting of the drive-thru trees was done a loooong time ago. Although of course I do not advocate cutting one now, these trees are part of the attractions of the national parks. Your visitor must have been thinking of the Wawona Tree.
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if memory serves, the Cypress tree in Montery was the subject of a copyright lawsuit some years ago. A company that used a stylized silhouette of the tree as their logo decided they owned all versions of images of the tree and went after photographers who sold the picture of the tree to publishers for use in postcards and books.
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"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do." -- Ronald Reagan, 1981

"A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?" -- Ronald Reagan, 1966, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park as governor of California
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A pretty nice one - mainly the age of 500 to 600 years is impressiv - is the lime tree of Linn (Switzerland):

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:Linde_von_linn.jpg
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If you liked this check out "Meetings With Remarkable Trees" by Thomas Pakenham (Cassell Paperbacks ISBN 1-84188-086-8). 60 stunning trees located in the British Isles. Well worth a look :) Keep up the good work
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The oldest tree, perhaps the oldest living thing, lives in Tasmania
http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v17/i3/living_tree.asp

On a wild Tasmanian mountain there is a magnificent, recently discovered stand of Huon pine trees that has been called the world's 'oldest known living organism'. Newspaper reports have claimed that what looks like hundreds of trees densely covering one hectare (2.5 acres), is all part of the one tree, since all these 'trees' appear to have identical DNA. Over the years, it is believed, 'snow has forced its branches to the ground, where they have taken root'. (The Sydney Morning Herald, January 28, 1995, page 1.)
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"Even if you have never heard of a Banyan tree (it was the tree used by Robinson Crusoe for his treehouse)"

I just finished reading Robinson Crusoe (today), and I don't think he made a treehouse. He made a cave! In The Swiss Family Robinson the family makes a treehouse. Perhaps you are thinking of them?
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There is one tree/organism tha it older than all these..

In Tasmania Australia there is a tree cannled the Tasmanian Huon pine tree.

It is reported by some to be around 10,000 years old.... (although the individual may only be 3,000 years old)

just thought you may like to know
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If trees is what you like, then check out this unusual Cashew Tree in Brazil:

http://www.natal-brazil.com/entertainment/cashew-tree.html
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Check out the Ceiba tree in Ponce, Puerto Rico:

http://www.treklens.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/Other/photo94982.htm

I grew up not too far from it.
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The Arizona White Oak is possibly a million years old and grows in the historic oasis known today as Hueco Tanks State Historic Site 32 miles east of El Paso. The Arizona White Oak does not grow anywhere in the desert terrain outside of the 800 acre park.
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You forget Canarian Drago, millenarian tree of Canarian Island in spain.

http://recursos.cnice.mec.es/bancoimagenes2/buscador/imagen.php?idimagen=3892&zona=mat&nivel1=95&start=17680

www.rinconcitocanario.com/plantas/pag6/drago.htm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tane_Mahuta

http://www.championtrees.org/champions/kauriNZ.htm

The world's largest rainforest tree, Tane Mahuta stands guard over Waipoua and has become an icon of New Zealand's unique natural heritage. At the time of Christ, Tane Mahuta was already a mature tree. It had seen 1000 years of history before man colonised New Zealand, the last major land mass to be inhabited by humans. It knew the ancient world of the moa, giant eagle and huia.

Awesome, and if you drive from the north, as you approach it, it toweres above everything else.
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We have a tree near us that is supposedly over 600 years old, but that doesn't seem much compared to some of these!

http://www.stephanieblakey.me.uk/alphabets/trees.html
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I think it's a fantastic list. I usually use the internet for pornography, but reading this list left me just a tumescent, especially upon being surprised that Boab trees are indeed the most magnificent - I am from Western Australia and I can tell you the Boab's up north are unreal. Especially the big jail one where they used to put brown people for being naughty.
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What a terrific job you have done. Must have taken you quite some time to acquire all the photos!

Hope you will update the site constantly with new and amazing trees.

Your friend in Malaysia,
Pepper Lim
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THANK YOU!!!! I LOVE these AWESOME trees!!! I've been a tree lover for over half a century, since a Grandpa told me of their greatness. Now, I know that his ancestors grew "Ohio's Most Perfect Tree", a Maple in Pike County. It is still owned by family. Also, I've been around the USA & in 21 countries and have many wonderful trees!! I appreciate these photo reminders!! YES, keep them coming!!!
Peace,
AkuaKathleen
~The Angel Power Emporium~
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These are wonderful pix and tales. I am a woodworking teacher in Nebraska and a friend emailed me this link. I cannot beleive you have gotten such a large number of responses in two days. This shows you have put a great blog out there. One reply indicated that you are bias to California, not a problem with me because your posting will generate responses from all over the world and we will all benfit from the stories that come from them in spite of what picasso says. We are all proud of our little part of the world. Everyone please share and email a friend on the other side of the globe. Everyone interested in trees and local history should bookmark this blog and set up the RSS feed to keep updated and informed.
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I really appreciate your post. But I must say, I'm a little depressed now after reading the story of the Tree of Ténéré and the Prometheus Tree, both killed by the stupidity of humans.

I think this topic could create an interesting blog of it's own: a blog of incredible trees.
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