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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.

When it comes to trees and their color, the discussion is usually focused on the beautiful yellows and browns of Fall leaves. But in the case of the eucalyptus deglupta, or rainbow eucalyptus, it’s the trunk that changes color. After the tree sheds its bark, it bursts into a technicolor display of oranges, blues, and greens. Continue reading “The Philippines’ Most Bizarre Tree – The Rainbow Eucalyptus”

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.

Thanks to the legend of Robin Hood, Sherwood forest has become one of the most well known places in all of England. It attracts up to 1 million tourists each year, many of which are looking to capture some of the magic of the legend. One of the largest oak trees in the country, the Major Oak, is right at the center of the legend as the reported home base of Robin and his band of merry men. Continue reading “The Major Oak – The Ancient Giant of Sherwood Forest”

The Mystery of the Crooked Forest – Poland’s Krzywy Las

In Poland’s Krzywy Las, or Crooked Forest, a group of pine trees grows sideways at the base, prompting all kinds of creative theories about their origin, including gravity fluctuations, Nazis, and even aliens.

Trees can come in all shapes and sizes, but most species follow the same patterns as they reach toward the sun. In Poland’s Krzywy Las, or Crooked Forest, however, a group of about 80 pine trees breaks all norms by growing sideways at the base, prompting all kinds of creative theories about their origin, including gravity fluctuations, Nazis, and even aliens. Continue reading “The Mystery of the Crooked Forest – Poland’s Krzywy Las”

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.

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, with Croatia, Portugal, Romania, and Russia making their first appearances. Each year more than 200,000 votes are tallied (you can vote for up to two trees), so check out the nominees below and get out the vote! Continue reading “The European Tree of the Year Competition Commences”

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.

Olive trees have been a boon to civilization for millennia. The oil extracted from olives can be used for everything from fuel for lanterns to medicinal balms to an essential ingredient in foods. It’s easy to understand why the tree was incorporated into so many early religious practices, but near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, a grove of olive trees in Gethsemane provides a direct link to ancient biblical stories. Continue reading “The Biblical Olive Trees – The Garden of Gethsemane”

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.

It’s no small wonder that trees have such an important role in Japanese culture. Even in the heavily industrialized country that it’s become, forests still cover more than two thirds of Japan’s land area. 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. Continue reading “Ogawa’s Sacred Cedar – A 780 Million Yen Rescue Mission”

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.

It’s now summer in South America, where everyone’s favorite summer snack – ice cream – literally grows on trees! 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. Continue reading “The Inga Trees of South America – Ice Cream that Grows on a Tree”