My Favourite Trees from Around the World

A collection of interesting trees from around the world.

A classic fairy-tale tree at Newstead Abbey in England. A classic fairy-tale tree at Newstead Abbey in EnglandHere I’m standing in between the giant buttress roots of the sacred Ceiba tree in Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico. Standing in between the giant buttress roots of the sacred Ceiba tree in Palenque ruins, MexicoIn Kyoto at Ginkakuji Temple the grounds were meticulously maintained by volunteers including this man who was pruning this pine tree one needle at a time. In Kyoto at Ginkakuji Temple the grounds were meticulously maintained by volunteers including this man who was pruning this Japanese pine tree one needle at a timeI first saw these strange trees in springtime Belgium. I had no idea what they were but I later found out that they were known as ‘Lime’ or Linden trees, one of which was right out front of our house back home in Canada. These ones are exactly the same only have had an odd pruning called pollarding applied to them as a method of keeping trees down to a pre-ordained height.Strange Belgian Tree in SpringCork trees in Portugal with a number on it; the number represents the year the tree was last peeled of its bark. We were there in 2001 so these trees had just been stripped of their cork bark, and in ten years will be ready to be stripped again.Cork trees in Portugal with a number on it; the number represents the year the tree was last peeled of its barkWrapped Bodhi tree at Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand. This Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) has delicate heart-shaped leaves.
Wrapped Bodhi tree at Wat Pho in BangkokStrange tree with multiple roots(?) along the jungle trail of Hanging Bridges near Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. (See J is for Jungle for more alien-looking plants on this jungle trail.)Strange tree with multiple roots(?) along the jungle trail of Hanging Bridges near Arenal Volcano in Costa RicaThe narrow road through an avenue of ancient beech trees, Dark Hedges in Ireland, UK is now famous for being featured on the Game of Thrones. Another fun tree that appears to be unique to Ireland is the ‘Fairy Tree’.The narrow road through an avenue of ancient beech trees, Dark Hedges in Ireland, UK is now famous for being featured on the Game of ThronesTree roots enveloping a temple at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. (More shots of buildings and trees intertwined at Angkor Wat.)Tree roots enveloping a temple at Angkor Wat, CambodiaJackfruit tree in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Vietnam had a lot of unusual trees but I picked the Jackfruit tree as the one I most associate with Vietnam. It cropped up several times; in Hoi An I found out that Jackfruit wood was especially waterproof and used as support pillars in houses as it easily survived the annual flooding that came with typhoon season. It was also the first time I had seen fruit sprouting out of the trunk, and on my last trip I tasted Jackfruit and liked it!
a jackfruit tree growing in the Mekong Delta, VietnamTalk about fruit sprouting out of the trunk, here’s my first sight of a Cacao (cocoa) tree on a Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden trail. Chocolate originated in Mesoamerica making this my favourite tree to represent the country of Mexico!Cacao tree on a Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden Trail (where chocolate come from)The red flowers of the Ceibo tree, the national flower of Argentina. The red flowers of the Ceibo tree, the national flower of Argentina A series of pine trees in Segovia, Spain. A series of pine trees in Segovia, SpainThe tree that represents Canada should be the Sugar Maple tree with its startling red leaves in the autumn. However, out here on the milder west coast, the majority of colourful fall trees are on Japanese maples. So I’m nominating my favourite, the Arbutus tree. how the bark healed on this Arbutus branch after it was carved with graffiti (Sunshine Coast, BC)More on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees or Leaves.

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16 responses to “My Favourite Trees from Around the World

    • I had some hard decisions to make to choose the trees that stood out for me from every country. And I see I missed a few – the US where I have only been around the west but what to choose: Sequoia, Giant Redwoods, Bristlecone Pine, the twisted wood skeletons in the Cascades?

  1. Thank you for that lovely trip around the world via the world of trees. I’ve always found pollarding (thanks I didn’t know what that was called) an interesting way of keeping trees. They do it in Switzerland and France as well. Wonderful photographs.

  2. Thanks for uplifting my day with this post. I’ve been to many of those places, but have never had the insight to focus on trees. Palenque, in particular, brought back some touching memories from long ago that remain with me. You guys have a fantastic blog.

  3. Great post :)) In Hawaii, on Molokai, I saw what the locals call Autograph Trees — they etch their name or loved one’s initials onto the leaf . . . and it stays, and the tree lives, and even thrives, with all these little love notes flapping in the trade winds. I photographed these years ago — I’ll have to see if I can find them :)) Dawn

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