We have all been to the forest and seen the typical oak, beech or walnut tree. But we can go so far as to say that not many among you have seen an abundance of exotic trees; if we are wrong, congratulations!
From the age-old baobabs located in Madagascar to the vividly-colored cherry blossom trees located in Japan, all exotic trees bear testament to the world’s unparalleled diversity. Once you see our selection of exotic trees across the world, you will instantly turn into a dendrophile.
Without further ado, let’s see the top 8 list!
1. The General Sherman Tree – Sequoia National Park, California
If you think that this tree has a military resonance to it, you are right. It was named after general William Tecumseh Sherman in 1879, by naturalist James Wolverton. It is the biggest attraction in the Sequoia National Park, largely due to its extremely grandiose appearance.
It also claims the moniker of the largest currently living tree in the world. Much to the disappointment of Americans, it is unfortunately not the largest, nor the widest, nor the oldest tree that ever existed on Earth. Each distinction belongs to three different trees.
2. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Baobabs are probably nature’s answer to the big and imposing Greek and Roman statues scattered all across Europe. The Avenue of the Baobabs is nestled in western Madagascar, and consists of a collection of unevenly-distributed baobab trees across a dirt road.
Groups of tourists all around the world gather up in large numbers to walk down the road and catch a glimpse of the magnificence of the trees. So what are you waiting for, book your plane tickets now!
3. Socotra Dragon Tree – Yemen
This tree can be found in large numbers in the Socotra archipelago, which is a group of 4 islands belonging to Yemen, a country located in the Arabian Peninsula. Indeed, the tree does not really resemble a dragon, but its fruit is the reason why it’s named this way.
The small and fleshy berries exude a vivid red resin, which is known as “The Dragon’s Blood”. Locals use the resin as a sort of cure-all, and its uses range from curing general wounds to lowering bad fevers.
4. Cherry Blossom Trees – Tokyo, Japan
There is probably nothing as gorgeous and breathtaking as the spring cherry blossom in Tokyo, as well as in other parts of the country.
It’s true that cherry trees are definitely not exclusive to the archipelago, but in Japan cherry blossom trees are a cultural thing and will often be found exhibited in various displays and festivals.
5. The Dark Hedges – Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges is a group of beech trees planted by an Irish family in the 18th century, forming a long avenue to take a stroll on. It is one of the most visited natural phenomena in Ireland, both by Irish tourists and international tourists. It has also been depicted in various movies and TV series, such as Game of Thrones (it’s the road leading to King’s Landing)
6. Methuselah – California
Methuselah is one of the oldest currently living trees in the world, located in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California.
Until recently, this tree was said to be the oldest living tree in the world, but another tree has been discovered, and experts say is well over 5,000 years old. Nobody knows exactly where the tree is located for fear of vandalism.
7. Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree – Hawaii
This tree is a little more special compared to what we have presented thus far, and for good reason. Simply look at the surreal and garish colors on the trunk and your head will swim instantly. It’s not often that you can see a tree with so much natural blue, purple or orange colors.
The peak growth of this tree is over 200 feet (roughly 60 meters). You can find it in various Hawaii regions, including but not limited to New Britain, New Guinea, and Sulawesi.
8. Wisteria – Japan
Here we have another Japanese tree. Well, it’s not exactly a tree, but rather a vine, whose branches have grown so fast since 1870 that they have a hard time supporting their own weight.
A steel structure has been built recently to allow the tree (read: vine) to grow continuously, and to allow visitors to enjoy a wonderful experience.