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).
4. The Angel Oak, South Carolina
Located on St. John's Island off the coast of Charleston, Carolina, this tree may resemble the Mind Flayer from Stranger Things, but it's been calmly growing in place for at least 500 years (1,500, if you ask locals). Regardless in its actual age, the Angel Oak is believed to be one of the oldest organisms east of the Mississippi River. It stands 65 feet tall and 17,000 square meters wide, and its longest branch extends 187 feet. Frequently, festivals occur underneath its web of branches, and the tree has a long history of sheltering people under its canopy.