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).

5. Dragonblood Trees, Yemen

The funnel-shaped Socotra Tree grows two hundred feet off the coast of Yemen. Also known as the Dragonblood or Dragon's Blood tree, this striking organism is only found on Socotra Island, which has a unique climate that caused the trees to evolve into their current shapes. Unfortunately, climate change is interfering with the monsoons that are vital to these trees' existence, making them an endangered species.

Fascinatingly, the tree actually "bleeds" when it's cut. Its trunk is full of a resin known as "emzoloh," which has been valued for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.


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