The daily livelihoods of most of us depends on trees, thats indisputable. 'George Eliot' a pen creation of British novelist MaryAnne Evans, once said...
"It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more trees."
Trees provide oxygen, conserve energy, attract rain, provide habitat to birds and other animals, save water, prevent soil erosion, provide fuel, provide food, provide medicine... the list is endless. And yes... trees play a huge role in adding to natures beauty. We've selected twelve of such trees, with unmatched aesthetic value. Check out the 12 most beautiful trees in the world.
Japanese maple trees add elegance and beauty in all seasons. The tree is a species of woody plant native to Japan, North Korea, South Korea, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. Many different breeds of the Japanese maple have been selected and are grown worldwide for their attractive leaf shapes and colours.
The photo above was captured in Portland, Oregon. photo courtesy CLICK HERE
Wisteria (also spelled Wistaria or Wysteria) is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, that includes ten species of woody climbing vines native to the Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan. (source Wikipedia).
The ornamental plant got its name from famous botanist Thimas Nuttal and is especially known for its gorgeous blooms in Spring. The above photo is of a 144-year-old wisteria tree taken in Japan. pic courtesy CLICK HERE
According to wikipedia, all baobab trees are deciduous trees, losing their leaves in the dry season. They can reach from 5– 25 meters in height. In fact, they are known both for their height and their girth. Its trunk tends to be bottle-shaped and can reach a diameter of 10–14 m. The above photo of giant baobabs was taken in Madagascar photo courtesy CLICK HERE
Boldly refered to as the god of all Oak trees, Angel Oak is estimated to be in excess of 1,500 years old. It stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft in length.
Above photo of Angel Oak Tree at John’s Island In South Carolina photo courtesy CLICK HERE
The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. Above photo of Rainbow Eucalyptus was taken in Hawaii, photo courtesy CLICK HERE
"Although widely cultivated in the tropics since the 19th century, the native habitat of flamboyant was unknown to science until the 1930s, when it was rediscovered growing in the wild in Madagascar." (KEW Royal Botanic Gardens)
The flamboynat tree is known for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers.
Above artictic impression of Flamboyant Tree by artist Chester Williams. photo courtesy CLICK HERE
Bristlecone Pine is known as the oldest tree species in the world. The pine only lives in scattered, arid mountain regions of six western states of America, but the oldest are found in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. There the pines exist in an exposed, windswept, harsh environment, free of competition from other plants and the ravages of insects and disease. The oldest bristlecones usually grow at elevations of 10,000 to 11,000 feet.
In simple terms, a tree tunnel is described as a road or street that has rows of trees grown on both sides. The trees form an overhead canopy which gives the impression of a natural tunnel. One such walkway is the Maple Tree Tunnel in Oregon. photo courtesy CLICK HERE
When she inherited Retreat Plantations back in the early 1800's, Anna Page King decided to plant the now famous Avenue of the Oaks. It is said that Anna grew such an abundance of flowers on her land that sailors nearing St. Simons Island could smell the flowers' fragrance before they saw the Island shores. Presently the Avenue of the Oaks is the grand entrance to the Sea Island Golf Club.
Avenue Of Oaks at Dixie Plantation In South Carolina. photo courtesy CLICK HERE
It is said that the Dragon tree gets its name from a greek mythology, when Hercules was asked to get three golden apples from the garden of the Hespérides. The garden was guarded by Landon, a dragon that had one hundred heads. Hercules killed Landon and his blood flowed out over the land, which began to sprout ‘dragon’ trees.
When cut, the Dragon tree oozes reddish sap ‘dragon’s blood’. The trunks are long and slender and the leaves are prickly. The flowers are greenish-white and have a sweet smell.
Above captivating image of Dragon 'blood' trees was captured in Yemen. photo courtesy CLICK HERE
This tree used to be called 'negrohead beech', but is now refered to as 'Antarctic beech'. Antarctic Beech is evergreen and native to the eastern highlands of Australia. These trees typically grow to 25 m tall and have large trunks to 1 m in diameter with scaly, dark brown bark. Maximum height is about 50 m.
Amazing photo by Drew Hopper showing Antarctic Beech Draped In Hanging Moss. The pic was taken in Oregon photo courtesy CLICK HERE
There are over 1,024 recorded species of Rhododendron. These woody plants whose original meaning in Greek was "Rose Tree" can be either evergreen or deciduous. The tree is found mainly in Asia, although it is also widespread throughout the Southern Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains of North America. Rhododendrons are grown for their spectacular flowers, usually borne in spring.
Above photo is of a 125-year-old rhododendron in Canada. photo courtesy CLICK HERE