The World’s Most Beautiful Trees


Monkey Puzzle

 

This coniferous tree rose to popularity in late 18th-century Europe for its strange prehistoric appearance, and is a great option for gardeners and property owners looking for something a bit outside the box. With heights of up to 90 feet and large, upward-arching branches, it offers a unique look for just about any landscape–its sure to be the talk of the neighborhood! This evergreen lives up to the name, providing striking green foliage throughout the year. It is native to Chile and Argentina, but can thrive in a variety of cool, humid, and temperate climate.

 

Hazel

 

Considered a wild child of sorts in the world of arboriculture, the Hazel tree features an eye-catching network of branches. The tree’s unique shape attracts hordes of homeowners looking to spruce up their yards with a little something different. The ornamental tree also bears nuts called filberts and elongated flowers that can make an ordinary garden pop. History is peppered with references to the Hazel tree, including: -Grimm’s Fairy Tales claims branches from the Hazel tree are the greatest protection humans have from snakes and other creatures that creep along the ground. -Celts and Druids believed that hazelnuts were a source of wisdom and the tree itself was sacred. – Irish folklore states that drinking hazelnut beverages helped develop prophetic powers.

 

English Oak

 

The English Oak Quercus Robur is deep-rooted and most common on heavy wet soils. It is a lowland tree found in South West England as high as 400m (1320’) but in the highlands of Scotland they rarely occur above 200m (660’).The mature English Oak tree supports a larger number of different life forms than any other British tree. This includes up to 284 species of insect. Up to 324 taxa (species, sub-species or ecologically distinct varieties) of lichens, growing on the bark of any one tree. The vast array of insect life found in the Oak tree means that this tree of all British trees supplies the most food for birds such as Tits and Tree Creepers.

 

Cabbage Tree

 

The cabbage tree is a familiar sight in swamps or dampish places throughout New Zealand vegetation. It is also planted occasionally in gardens and parks and has been introduced into horticulture overseas. It reaches heights of 40 ft at its maximum development with diameters of 1–4 ft. The crown is made up of long, bare branches carrying bushy heads of large, grasslike leaves 2–3 ft long. Early settlers used the young leaves from the centre of these heads as a substitute for cabbage – hence the common name. At flowering time large panicles of small, white, sweet-scented flowers emerge from the centre of the heads. Good flowering seasons occur every few years only. It is said that they foretell dry summers but, from observation, they usually follow dry seasons.

 

Olive

 

This ancient olive tree is located on the Greek island of Crete and is one of seven olive trees in the Mediterranean believed to be at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Although its exact age cannot be verified, the Olive Tree of Vouves might be the oldest among them, estimated at over 3,000 years old. It still produces olives, and they are highly prized. Olive trees are hardy and drought-, disease- and fire-resistant — part of the reason for their longevity and their widespread use in the region.

 

Grand Fir

 

Stately and beautiful, this is every bit a grand species, prized for its use as an ornamental and timber tree. This evergreen is found in two regions: the Pacific coast from British Columbia to California, and in the interior, from Alberta to Idaho. Hardy to USDA zone 6, this species is found most commonly at low elevations on north-facing slopes. It indicates and often dominates moist habitats and is shade tolerant. Fastest growing of all fir species, this one can grow as much as 3’ in one year. At full maturity, the Grand Fir may reach heights of 200.’ The branches are low and abundant, with dark green to bright green, glossy needles. New growth needles are lighter green. The tree gives off a slight citrus scent.

 

 

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