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11/21/2013

5 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Species

The Rainbow Eucalyptus has vibrant colored bark

Trees are a lot crazier than you think.

To prove it, we found some of the world's most amazing species of trees to show you just how surprisingly awesome they can be.

These trees were picked for their fascinating qualities, beauty, and overall uniqueness. Let us know if we missed any other amazing species in the comments section.

 


The Rainbow Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus deglupta

With pastel like colors running up its trunk, the Rainbow Eucalyptus, which grows natively in places like New Guinea, almost looks like a pack of 2nd graders went wild with their crayons.

But, in reality, as the tree's bark ages and flakes, it goes through a spectrum of different colors revealing a psychedelic beauty.



The Bristlecone Pine can live longer than any other organism on earth






The Bristlecone Pine - Pinus longaeva

The amazing thing about these pines are not just their gnarled, twisted figures. More impressive is that the Bristlecone Pine is believed to be the oldest living thing on earth. 

These trees can live to be over 5,000 years old, making their old, gnarled look pretty fitting. They can be found in subalpine groves in the western U.S.

Aerial roots make the Banyan tree look esspecially interesting
















The Banyan Tree - Ficus benghalensis


The Banyan trees, also known as the "strangler fig," grows aerial roots that can cascade from its branches, wrap around buildings, or even wrap around the tree itself growing into branchlike and trunklike appendages. 

This tangled mess of a tree grows in the tropics and holds religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists.



Baobab trees hold water in their swollen trunks














The Baobab Tree - Adansonia digitata

Baobab trees look like their trunks got a bit swollen, but really they grow with a hollow center, allowing them to store thousands of gallons of water to survive in their harsh arid environments.

In some ways they are a lot like a giant cactus-tree.


Redwoods are the tallest trees on the planet















The Redwoods - Sequoia sempervirens


You can't have an amazing tree species list without these guys.

The giant coastal redwoods of California are the largest and tallest trees on the planet. But even these monoliths of nature are considered a vulnerable species and are considered endangered.

















--Photos by iStockphoto/Glowingearth, RobertPlotz, Saiko3p, Pierivb, Krilt

James RogersJames Rogers is an editorial intern at Sierra. He graduated from Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, where he studied a combination of environmental studies and journalism. While at Western, he was the editor in chief of The Planet magazine, and he has written for Conservation Northwest QuarterlyPublic Eye Northwestand The Western Front.

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