Contrary to popular belief, trees, at least some types of trees can be pretty fascinating, bizarre or simply amazing living organisms. They grow at a different time-rate and thus major changes can sometimes become obvious only to our next generation. Here is a list of some bizarre, yet stunning types of trees that enter this category either due to biology or human influence.
The Oak chapel or Le Chêne Chapelle, Allouville-Bellefosse is an approx. 800-year-old oak tree, housing two chapels within its massive trunk. Although the tree shows signs of ageing, the religious site has been empowered and sustained with supporting struts, and mass is still celebrated twice a year.
Root bridges are a type of arboriculture, used in the forests of northern India to grow and create natural bridges over various gaps, such as rivers or pits. The Khasis people have been using the rubber trees of the Cherrapunji for centuries as a viable solution to preserve nature and not invade it with modern bridge-like constructions.
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is absolutely fascinating, as its bark changes color as it ages, making it look brightly colored and almost unreal. The colors on the Rainbow Eucalyptus change from green, to blue, to purple, to orange and finally to brown, before the bark is shed, causing a kaleidoscopic effect.
The Boojum Tree, is weird by its unusual aspect, rather resembling a cactus than an actual tree. Adapted to desert conditions, the Boojum tree grows leaves that cover the entire trunk to reduce water loss. And due to the inner soft wood, this tree can grow in odd shapes, up to 20 m high.
The Kauri tree of northern New Zeeland, much like the giant redwood, is one of the largest trees in the world, but its volume of wood. The high density of the wood allows it to survive while buried and can even be worked with after 50,000 years.
Although looking quite common, Pennantia Baylisiana is the rarest tree in the world, the only example existing in the Three Knights Island, off the north cost of New Zeeland. Unfortunately, the specimen is female, so there are no chances of ever breeding.
Jabuticaba, is another unusual tree in Brazil, with black fruit growing all over the trunk and not only on branches. The fruit, generally compared to grapes are eatable and are consumed whole or crushed to make juice or wine.
What is bizarre about the Dragon Blood Tree is that it has an unusual interior content, from where its name: when pierced, bright red sap, also called Dragon Blood, oozes out. This crimson sap is used as a medicine or as dye, mostly for varnishing red violins.
The approx. 1500-year-old Boab Prison Tree, in Western Australia was cut into to create a small cell used as a temporary overnight prison by police officers who were transporting prisoners to their final destination.
Sculpted trees, or arborsculpture are a true form of art that uses living trees to create desired shapes for artistic purposes or even for household commodities, as unique pieces of furniture can be made from it.