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Acebuches de El Rocio – Much more than ‘just’ wild olive trees - The Acebuches de El Rocio are a remnant of an ancient Mediterranean forest that once dominated the landscape of Spain's Doñana Natural Park. Despite their common perception as 'just' wild olive trees, acebuches have a rich history, as does the town of El Rocio, which receives a million pilgrims in a single week each year to its famous church.
Newton’s Tree – The Apple Tree that Sparked an Epiphany - Apple trees have long been a part of human history, as one of the first cultivated trees, but one tree inspired one of the biggest scientific discoveries in centuries. The so called 'gravity tree' is located on the grounds of Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton.
Photo Showdown – The Sycamore Gap - The Sycamore Gap tree is located in a dip in the landscape along Hadrian's Wall. The tree grows right along the path that attracts thousands of visitors each year, so it quickly became one of the most photographed trees in the UK.
Portugal’s Prize Cork Oak – The Whistler Tree - Cork is a versatile material can be harvested many times throughout a tree's lifetime, but one particular tree in Portugal is so large that it produced more cork in a single harvest than most others in their entire life cycles.
Postcard Post: The Yew of Aginalde - The Yew of Aginalde is located high in the mountains of the Gorbeia Natural Park in Spain's Basque Country. Although they grow naturally in the area, there aren't many yew trees left.
The Bear and the Strawberry Tree – the Story of the Symbol of Madrid - At the east end of Madrid's iconic Puerta del Sol there is a tribute to another famous symbol of the city - the Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree.
The European Tree of the Year Competition Commences - As of February 1st, voting for the 8th annual European Tree of the Year competition is open. This year there are 13 monumental trees from 13 countries all around Europe.
The Holy Chestnut Tree of Istan - As fall begins in Malaga, Spain, the smell of roasted sweet chestnuts fills the pedestrian streets of the city center. In the mountains above the small town of Istan, the 'Holy Chestnut' has grown for a thousand years.
The Major Oak – The Ancient Giant of Sherwood Forest - The Major Oak attracts up to 1 million tourists each year, many of which are looking to capture some of the magic of the legend of Robin Hood.
The Millennial Olive of Arroyo Carnicero – The history of olive cultivation in Spain - In one of thousands of olive groves that cover the lands of Andalusia, the Millennial Olive of Arroyo Carnicero stands out as one of the oldest.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – An American Tradition - For Americans at home and abroad, there are few things that usher in the holidays like the enormous Christmas tree in front of Rockefeller Center. More than 125 million people visit the tree each year, and the lighting ceremony is televised shortly after Thanksgiving.
The ‘Big Tree’ that Survived Hurricane Harvey - Amidst the destruction that Hurricane Harvey brought to coastal Texas, one giant oak tree stood tall. Very tall, in fact. 'The Big Tree' of Rockport is one of the largest live oak (quercus virginiana) trees in the United States, at nearly 14 meters (45 feet) tall.
The Bennett Juniper – America’s Oldest Juniper Tree - Once covered in glacial ice during the ice age, the soil in California's Sierra Nevada is poor, and even the hardiest of plants struggle to survive. Fortunately, one of the world's most common plants is well adapted to these conditions, and one tree has far outgrown all of its peers.
The Oaks of Galveston – a Link between the New World and Old - Although not native to the island, oak trees have become the signature tree of Galveston. The trees have been through a lot of changes in their lifetimes, and are now halfway across the world being transformed into a living history museum.
The Oldest Living Thing in the World – The Pando Aspen Tree Colony - Trees are known for their longevity, and there are countless examples of trees living to 1000 years and beyond. At this age they can grow to cover acres of land, but in Southern Utah, USA, the Pando aspen tree colony breaks all records.
The Real Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse in Tobago - Treehouses have been loved by all for centuries, but few were able to capture the imagination of the public like the multilevel shelter from the 1960 film Swiss Family Robinson.
The Tree That Owns Itself – Can a Tree Have Rights? - A tree that was special to its owner was supposedly given ownership of itself, prompting the question - Can a tree have rights?
Colombia’s Treasure – the Colossal Wax Palms of Cocora Valley - The Quindio wax palm makes its home high in the mountains of the Andes, and unlike any other palms can reach incredible heights of 60 m (200 feet) or more.
The Inga Trees of South America – Ice Cream that Grows on a Tree - Inga, or ice cream beans, grow plentifully throughout South and Central America, and in addition to their sweet tasting pulp, they have incredible soil regenerating properties that have the potential to combat destructive slash and burn practices in South America's rainforests.
The Not-So-Puzzling History of the Monkey Puzzle Tree - The araucaria araucana is certainly a peculiar tree. Chile's national tree is originally from high in the mountains of Patagonia, but thanks to a strange twist of fate, it's now common in Victorian gardens throughout the UK.
Australia & Pacific
The Kiwi Christmas Tree – New Zealand’s Pohutukawa - In New Zealand, residents have taken advantage of the early summer weather by adopting a particularly festive local tree (Pohutukawa) as the symbol for Christmas on the island.
The Lord of the Forest – Tane Mahuta - Due to its remote location, New Zealand was one of the last places where humans set foot, allowing it to develop a rich and distinct biodiversity. In the Northland region of the main island, an ancient kauri forest is home to the oldest examples of the native species.
Ogawa’s Sacred Cedar – A 780 Million Yen Rescue Mission - Early on in the modern era, the Japanese government began a program to protect its natural treasures. There is no better example of Japan's commitment to saving their natural monuments than the incredible story of Ogawachi no sugi, or Ogawa's Cedar.
The Clove Tree that Ended a Monopoly - High on the slopes of the Gamalama volcano on the Indonesian island of Ternate lies a clove tree that led to the end of one of the most profitable monopolies in colonial history.
The Oldest Cherry Blossom Tree in Japan – Jindai-zakura - Each year hundreds of thousands of people flock to the nearest cherry blossom tree to see the flowers, but Jindai-zakura has been blossoming for more than 1800 years.
The Oldest Living Thing in Tokyo – The Inverted Ginkgo - Alongside the neon lights and constant hum of Tokyo's commuter trains, ancient temples and shrines provide a serene reminder of the past. Near the Zenpuku-ji Buddhist temple in the Azabu Ward, one ginkgo tree links to a time before time.
The Philippines’ Most Bizarre Tree – The Rainbow Eucalyptus - Unlike other trees whose leaves change color in the Fall, the trunk of the rainbow eucalyptus changes color constantly. After the tree sheds its bark, it bursts into a technicolor display of oranges, blues, and greens.
Thimmamma Marrimanu – The World’s Biggest Tree - About 25 kilometers from the Indian city of Kadiri, a single tree has grown to be the size of a forest. Thimmamma Marrimanu is a banyan tree, and its enormous canopy was awarded the Guinness world record for 'Largest Tree' in 1989.
Morocco’s Marvel – The Bountiful Argan Trees - In a small geographical area of Morocco between Marrakesh and Essaouira, a one of a kind tree has grown for tens of thousands of years. Argan trees have long been known by locals for their medicinal properties, but in recent years they've gained international attention, with both positive and negative consequences.
The Unfortunate End of the World’s Loneliest Tree – The Tree of Ténéré - The desert is by no means a hospitable place, but a single tree managed to survive the arid wasteland for several hundred years - until it met its end due to an exceptionally careless driver.
The Biblical Olive Trees – The Garden of Gethsemane - Near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, a grove of olive trees in Gethsemane provides a direct link to ancient biblical stories.