A collection of interesting trees from around the world.
A classic fairy-tale tree at Newstead Abbey in England. Here I’m standing in between the giant buttress roots of the sacred Ceiba tree in Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico. In 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. I 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.Cork 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.Wrapped Bodhi tree at Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand. This Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) has delicate heart-shaped leaves.
Strange 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.)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 Thrones. Another fun tree that appears to be unique to Ireland is the ‘Fairy Tree’.Tree roots enveloping a temple at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. (More shots of buildings and trees intertwined at Angkor Wat.)Jackfruit 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!
Talk 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!The red flowers of the Ceibo tree, the national flower of Argentina. A series of pine trees in Segovia, Spain. The 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. More on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees or Leaves.