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Trees are important components of the naturallandscape and a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food,warmth and protection to all living things.

Though common trees are fascinating immensely butthere are some of the more unusual and amazing tree specimens found inthe world which is weird and spectacular, yet people are hardly awareof their mysterious properties, strange sizes or unusual shapes.

Here are some which top the list of being the strangest trees found on the planet. It’s a treat to the eye!

AXEL ERLANDSON’S CIRCUS TREE
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Axel Erlandson’spassion for sculpting trees, also known as arborsculpture, led him toopen a horticulture attraction in 1947 near Santa Cruz, Californianamed The Circus Tree and people flocked in from all over the countryto view his strange and striking creations which are nothing short ofbreathtaking!

Using a special set of skills, Erlandson started to sculpt things out of living, growing trees.

One such tree is thefamous “Basket Tree”, which is actually six Sycamores grafted togetherin 42 different connections to give it its basket shape.

 

PIRANGI CASHEW TREE,BRAZIL
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It’s the largest cashewtree in the world and more like a root and bush than a tree covering aspan of 8,500 square meters alone!

This tree is probably300 feet by 300 feet in total. It looks like a forest and a bears 8000fruit in a year .This picture doesn’t do it justice but should give youan idea of the enormity.

 

TREE OF LIFE, BAHRAIN
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The Tree of Life in Bahrain is one of the mysteries of world which is bound to be in the list of most unusual trees aroung the globe!

This four century old mesquite tree survives in the midst of desert without availability of water.

The mystery of thesurvival of the tree has made it a legend and the name “tree of life”is absolutely appropriate for the tree, truly representing the magic oflife.

A legend is also attached to the site where the tree is located.

The local inhabitants believe with heart and soul that this was the actual location of the Garden of Eden.

 

CHAPEL OAK OF ALLOUVILLE – BELLEFOSSE
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Next is the Chapel Treeone of the most famous trees in France – actually, it’s more than justa tree: it’s a building and a religious monument all in one.

In 1669, l’Abbe duDetroit and du Cerceau decided to build a chapel in (at that time) a500 years old or so oak tree made hollow by a lightning bolt.

Now, parts of the treeare dead, the crown keeps becoming smaller and smaller every year, andparts of the tree’s bark, which fell off due to old age, are covered byprotective oak shingles.

As a symbol, however, it seems that the Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse may live on forever.

 

BAOBAB – MADAGASCAR
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Baobabs, with their distinctive shape, are one of the most charismatic group of trees in the world.

This particular specimen, located in Madagascar, is referred to as the ‘Teapot Baobab’.

These trees remainleafless for most part of the year, and their thick, bloated,fire-resistant trunks store water during the dry months.

One would be surprised to find that some baobab trunks are so large that people actually reside inside them!

 

GERMAN SHERMAN – (SEQUIA NATIONAL PARK)
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General Shermanis about 2500years old tree with a height of 275 feet (83.8 metres),located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the UnitedStates.

In January 2006 thelargest branch on the tree broke off. The breakage, however, could not change the General Sherman’s status as the largest tree!

This stunning tree has the base of its trunk measuring about 102 feet in circumference.

Witnesses to this spectacular creation of nature can only justify its stature!

 

SILK COTTON TREES OF TA PROHM,CAMBODIA
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Ta Prohm Temple or the Jungle Temple which is located in the Angkor Thomcomplex has trees growing here in the most astounding way. Words cannotdescribe it until you set foot there and see it for yourself.

Apparently, the place was left as is over thehundreds of years and the outcome is amazing from what you see now inthe place which is also called Angkor Archaeological Park.

On every side, in fantastic over-scale, thetrunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards under a shadowy greencanopy, their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and theirendless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants.

 

TULE TREE OF OAXACA, MEXICO
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Mexico’s most famous tree, the ginormous Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule) grows near Oaxaca City.

It may not be thelargest or the oldest tree in the world, but it has no contenders forwidest girth award which is abround 164 feet in circumference.It’s bestnot to look at the tree as a single icon.

Indeed there is a family of ancient trees.

Rooted in the town of Santa María del Tule, the Tule Tree and its environs comprise a unique natural monument.

 

DRAGON TREE, CANARY ISLANDS
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The Dragon Tree isfound at de los Vinos in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, and issaid to be between 650 and 1,500 years old.

This specimen inheritedthis name from mythical origins: Hercules had to bring back threegolden apples from the garden of the Hespérides, which is guarded byLandon, the hundred-headed dragon.

Hercules killed Landon and his blood flowed out over the land, which began to sprout ‘dragon’ trees.

The tree exudes ‘dragon’s blood’ – a red sap – when cut.

WOLLEMI PINE, AUSTRALIA
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The unique qualities ofthe Wollemi Pine lie not in its looks but in its history. It is a“living dinosaur”, and was nearly extinct before it was discovered inSydney, Australia in 1994.

Now called “the crownjewels of the botanical world”, the Wollemi pine had previously beenknown only from a 120-million-year-old fossil.

Very few exist in the wild, but conservation efforts have been made in the recent past.

 

These strange trees have been molded by Mother Nature into species of their own.

Shocking, downrightweird or seemingly beautiful, the trees amassed in this collection willleave you to ponder on wondrous creation the Almighty!

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