Every once in a while you come across something in nature that launches you back to your childhood. Books like “Where The Wild Things Are” or “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” introduced you to enchanted forests where trolls came out to play when you were asleep. These trees are not the stuff of fairy tales: 10 enchanting trees and forests around the world.
Nobody knows how these trees got so crooked. All we know is they stopped popping up after World War II, so it’s possible that someone who died in the war was shaping them this way and growing them for some unknown purpose.
The tule tree is estimated to be between 2,000 and 3,000 years old and is one of the oldest known living things on our planet. The town of Oaxaca throws a party for the tree each year, and children have claimed to see figures and faces in the knots of the tree.
This is one small but mighty tree. Its sap is poisonous, and the indigenous people used to put it on the tips of their arrows to kill their enemies. It’s a tantalizing but dangerous tree with a strange shape that almost looks as if its growth was stunted. It also has stunning pink flowers growing on the branches.
This is one of the most famous sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park. Once 234 feet tall, it’s a survivor. Fire damage caused the carved-out drive-through effect in the trunk. In 1969, when the tree was more than 2,000 years old, it actually fell over, but has since been stood back up and now visitors can drive through the trunk.
This tree is prime for climbing and crawling around in since most of the branches are horizontal. This particular cashew tree is 117 years old, and about 80 times larger than your average cashew tree. It’s so big it makes up a mini forest on its own.
This more than 400-year-old tree earned its name not just by living for centuries, but also for living where it seems nothing else can live. The tree is the only sign of life in a completely waterless desert, where any attempt to plant other greenery has failed.
The tree that bears sweet baobab fruit isn’t covering up a water tank —it actually looks like this. Some baobab trunks are so enormous that they provide homes for people. This particular one is called the teapot baobab and is more than 1000 years old.
If you need proof that nature doesn’t want us taking up space that is rightfully hers just take a look at this tree. It has wrapped its branches in and around the temple of Ta Prohm. Certain entrances have been blocked off by roots but officials have decided to let it be.
You may not be able to see the top of a hyperiod red wood when you stand at the trunk. This tree is taller than the Statue of Liberty! It’s the tallest tree on Earth, but as enormous as it may be, these trees are dying. Around 95 percent of the trees have been cut down.
The Burmis Tree is essentially the vampire of trees — technically, it is dead, and has been for more than 40 years after losing its needles. However, locals of Burmis in Alberta, Canada, won’t let this limber pine deteriorate any further. Very protective of the tree, they have come to the rescue any time the weather or vandals have threatened it. The Burmis tree is estimated to be between 600 and 750 years old, and, according to one source, is the sole point of interest in the once-prosperous town of Burmis.