Strange Trees

Some trees look so strange you may think they're fake or man-made to look special. However, there are many unique trees around the world that grow naturally. It's the tree's strange features that allow them to grow in their environment.

Here are some interesting trees you might not know about:

  • Rainbow eucalyptus has multicolored bark that can be so bright it looks like it has been splashed with paint. It is the only eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere, and its distribution spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao.
  • Native to the Canary Islands, the dragon's blood tree looks like an umbrella with its spiky leaves only growing at the top of the tree. But that's not what makes it special. The tree has a dark red resin that was said to be the blood of ancient dragons. Today, the resin is used for dyes and medicines.
  • The massive baobab tree is leafless for most of the year. Found in the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, their huge trunks store water and can even serve as a shelter when hollowed out. They've even been known to be used as jails.
  • Giant sequoias, which only grow in Sierra Nevada, California, are the world's biggest trees (in terms of volume). The biggest is General Sherman in the Sequoia National Park ' at 275 feet and more than 52,500 cubic feet of volume and more than 6,000 tons of weight.
  • The banyan tree's most distinctive trait is its aerial roots that hang down and take root wherever they touch the ground. These thick roots make the tree appear to have several trunks. The tree can be found across the globe, but one of the United States' largest banyan trees is located in front of the Lahaina Courthouse in Maui.

Although most of these unique trees don't grow well in the United States, there are plenty of interesting trees you can grow in your own backyard. When thinking about trees to plant, be sure to research your climate, the needs of the tree and your ability to care for it. Trees grow to be strong and large, so make sure you have the means and space for them.