The World's Most Amazing Trees

From 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines to organisms that bleed scarlet resin when cut, each of these trees is a marvel in its own way.

Every tree is a miracle.

From their expansive networks of roots to their vibrant displays of leaves, flowers, and pinecones, trees are some of nature's most extraordinary organisms. As humans, our existence depends on their ability to recycle carbon dioxide, move water, and release oxygen, and their fallen leaves and decayed roots are vital to the health of the soil. In short, we couldn't exist without them.

Even though every tree is special, some are admittedly more awe-inspiring than others. Here are some of the world's most extraordinary trees (but remember that each tree outside your window is just as worthy of your appreciation).

1. The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

The rainbow eucalyptus tree grows up to 250 feet tall and is notable for its bark, which peels off in strips to reveal colorful layers of new skin. Each tree is a unique collection of colors, and the bark can range in hue from maroon to violet to red to pastel blue. The tree also produces small white flowers, and its leaves contain glands that release a pleasant-smelling oil. You'll find this dazzling tree in the Philippines, New Guinea, Hawaii, and Indonesia.

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