It’s sometimes easy for trees to slip out of our awareness. They are natural wonders that are vital to our survival and provide us with oxygen, shade, and food, but with an estimated 100,000 different species of trees comprising a quarter of all living plant species around the world, they are just so common that we tend to overlook them.

There are a few trees around the world, however, that are so beautiful or strange, it’s almost impossible to believe they actually exist. One look at these trees may turn anyone into a tree-hugger. They’re just too amazing to ignore.

1. The Cannonball tree.
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2. The monkey puzzle trees in Chile.
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3. This rhododendron shrub in Canada is over 125 years-old.
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4. A Flamboyant tree from Madagascar.
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5. A maple tree tunnel in Oregon.
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6. ‘The President’, one of the largest sequoia trees in the world, is in California.
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7. A 144 year-old wisteria in Japan is one of the largest in the world.
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8. Trees permanently altered by the wind in New Zealand.
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9. The strange baobab trees in Madagascar.
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10. The Chapel Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse has grown straight through a church.
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11. Rainbow eucalyptus trees.
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12. A Japanese maple in Portland, Oregon.
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13. An antarctic beech in Oregon.
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14. Cherry trees blooming in Bonn, Germany.
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15. This tree is magnificent.
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16. Wow.
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17. The Angel Oak on John’s Island in South Carolina.
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18. The dragon blood tree in Yemen.
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19. Jacaranda trees in Cullinan, South Africa
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20. The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland.
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21. Banyan trees have aerial roots that grow into thick woody trunks.
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22. Bald cypress trees grow out of the water.
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Some of these aren’t technically trees (the Wisteria is a vine, Rhododendrons are shrubs, and bamboo are a type of grass) but they’re still amazingly beautiful and unique. Next time you step outside, make sure to hug a tree!

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