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10 incredible trees from around the world

While we mere mortals measure our lifetime in decades, trees can measure theirs in millennia, and over thousands of years, their forms become both weird and wonderful.

Treehugger’s Melissa Breyer found ten examples that will never have you looking at these landscape giants in quite the same way again and, perhaps, will even have you hugging one or two yourself.

El Arbol del Tule


Photo credit: Rodolfo Araiza G./Flickr

Photo credit: Rodolfo Araiza G./Flickr

While the Tree of the Hundred Horses holds the record for the tree with the greatest girth historically, the tree which holds the current record is known as El Arbol del Tule, which lives inside a gated churchyard in the town of Santa Maria del Tule in Oaxaca, Mexico. This Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) measures around the circumference at 119 feet, with a height of only 37 feet, what a squat cutie! To get a sense of the girth, it would take 10 mid-size cars placed end-to-end to circle del Tule.

Endicott pear


Photo credit: Doug Peabody

In 1630, an English Puritan named John Endicott – serving as the premier governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony – planted one of the first cultivated fruit trees in America. Upon planting the pear sapling imported from across the pond, Endicott proclaimed, “I hope the tree will love the soil of the old world and no doubt when we have gone the tree will still be alive.” Indeed, 385 years later, the tree lays claim to the title of oldest living cultivated fruit tree in North America … and still offers its pears to passers-by.

Full story at Treehugger.

Nature at its most amazing.

Graphics credit: Canva


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