The Pinsapos of Sierra Bermeja – A Refuge for the Rare Fir Trees

Pinsapos, or Spanish fir trees, are only found in a few places on Earth. One of the largest pinsapo forests is in Spain’s Sierra Bermeja.

Pinsapos, or Spanish Fir trees, are exceptionally rare. They are found in just a few mountain ranges in Andalusia and Morocco, with one of the largest pinsapo forests located in the volcanic soil of Sierra Bermeja. It was here that the trees were first introduced to the world of science in 1837, and today it remains one of the best places to visit these spectacular trees.

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The Oldest Tree in Paris – The Robinia Tree of Square René Viviani

The oldest tree in Paris is a more than 400 year old robinia (black locust) brought over to Europe by 17th century botanist Jean Robin.

Widely renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris has a lot going for it. A complete redesign of the city in the 19th century gave the ‘city of light’ its trademark wide avenues, with ample urban foliage to shade Parisians and tourists alike. However, the robinia tree of Square René Viviani predates all of this, linking all the way back to the colonial age. Continue reading “The Oldest Tree in Paris – The Robinia Tree of Square René Viviani”

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?

No matter how famous or how ancient, all trees are ultimately owned by someone. It could be a government, a trust, or even just an individual caretaker. However, one white oak tree in Athens, Georgia was reportedly so beloved by its owner that upon his death, he gave the tree ownership of itself in his will. Continue reading “The Tree That Owns Itself – Can a Tree Have Rights?”

New Facebook Group Announcement – Community Treeographies

A quick announcement about a new group where anyone can share their own ‘treeographies’

I’ve been writing my little tree histories here for just over 6 months, and I’m really happy that we’ve grown into such a nice community. I wish that I were able to write more than one story a week (I’m working on that…), but I wanted to provide another way for everyone to get their daily tree fix . Continue reading “New Facebook Group Announcement – Community Treeographies”

The Oldest and Largest Chestnut Tree in the World – The Hundred Horse Chestnut

There are many large sweet chestnut trees throughout Europe, but none can match up to the legendary Hundred Horse Chestnut in eastern Sicily.

There are many large sweet chestnut trees throughout Europe, but none can match up to the legendary Hundred Horse Chestnut in eastern Sicily. The ancient tree’s story goes back thousands of years, an incredible feat considering its location just a few kilometers from one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Continue reading “The Oldest and Largest Chestnut Tree in the World – The Hundred Horse Chestnut”

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 desert is by no means a hospitable place, especially if you don’t have the ability to seek shelter from the unrelenting heat of the sun. But a single tree managed to survive the arid wasteland for several hundred years. What it couldn’t survive, however, was a careless truck driver who somehow managed to hit the only obstacle in a 800 km (500 mile) stretch of wasteland. Continue reading “The Unfortunate End of the World’s Loneliest Tree – The Tree of Ténéré”

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”