Ancient structures that are completely self-sufficient and totally green – trees! Here is a list of ten trees that have inspired imagination and religion alike.
10. The Alley of the Baobabs
The symbol of Madagascar, the Baobabs in Madagascar have six native species. These natural fortresses have fire resistant bark and bears fruit used to make juice and natural remedies. One of the most fascinating parts of the Baobab tree is that it is hollow, allowing for water storage by locals.
9. The General Sherman
The largest tree in the world, and the largest giant sequoia in the Sequoia National Park, California, General Sherman has impressed mankind in a number of categories. General Sherman holds the record for the most mass in a single stemmed tree in the world, standing at 275 feet tall. It is also the oldest tree with a confirmed age of 2700 years.
8. Old Tjikko
Found in Fulufjället National Park, Sweden, Old Tjikko may seem unimpressive to you above the surface. Above the surface, Old Tjikko measures only 16 meters, however it is the oldest individual clonal tree, meaning above the surface isn’t nearly as impressive as below. Clonal tree trunks cyclically grow and die, however, it is believed the Old Tjikko’s root system has been on Fulufjället Mountain for nearly 9500 years.
7. Tāne Mahuta
Tāne Mahuta is a kauri tree, located in New Zealand, has long been revered by both the Pakeha and Maori people of New Zealand, the Eurpoean descendants and indigenous New Zealanders respectively. These spiritual trees have a mythology all their own and its name roughly translates to “Lord of the Forest.” While the kauris do not rival in size and age the sequoia, they show impressive spiritual connection with their people.
6. Sri Maha Bodhi
Bodh Gaya, the location of religious pilgrimage for Buddhists, is the home of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree next to the Mahabodhi Temple. The Mahabodhi Temple and the Sri Maha Bodhi tree is where Buddha attained his enlightenment, and it is said that the tree helped Buddha attain this enlightenment, making the particular type of fig tree revered that the name of the tree is now known as the Bodhi or “Sacred Fig.”