The Late Lone Tree of Tenere

tree_of_tenere_1, originally uploaded by Alihodza.

"The Tree of Ténéré, was a solitary acacia, of either Acacia raddiana or Acacia tortilus, that was once considered the most isolated tree on Earth — the only one within more than 400 km. It was a landmark on caravan routes through the Ténéré region of the Sahara in northeast Niger — so well known that it is the only tree to be shown on a map at a scale of 1:4,000,000...It was the last surviving tree of a group of trees that grew when the desert was less parched than it is today. The tree had stood alone for decades. During the winter of 1938–1939 a well was dug near the tree and it was found that the roots of the tree reached the water table 33–36 meters below the surface."


The George Bush Sequoia Tree

CIMG0775.JPG, originally uploaded by alonzoD.

An engraving at this tree reads….

“This giant sequoia tree is designated the George Bush Tree in celebration of the President´s action at this site on July 14, 1992 to manage Giant Sequoia in perpetuity as unique objects of beauty and antiquity for the benefit and inspiration of all people.”
Sequoia National Forest

CIMG0774.JPG, originally uploaded by alonzoD.

This tree is located along the Freeman Creek Trail that cuts through Freeman Creek Grove. This grove is part of the Giant Sequoia National Monument in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountians. It is a wilderness area of Sequoia´s that have never been logged. The area is popular with mountainbikers.

The George Bush referred to here is George Herbert Walker Bush (b.1924) not George Walker Bush (b. 1946) the current president of the United States of America.

Largest Baobab in the world

The Sunland Baobab of Limpopo, South Africa

"Big Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata): This giant and ancient baobab at the Sunland Nursery, between Duiwelskloof and Ga-Kgapane, is the biggest specimen in the world. It has a circumference of 46,8m and carbon dating has determined its age at an astronomical 6000 years." from

"When baobabs become a thousand years old, they begin to hollow inside. In the Big Baobab this has resulted in wonderful caverns and caves, where the world famous Baobab Tree Bar and Wine Cellar now amaze visitors. The tree bar can accommodate more than 60 people!"

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Chapman´s Baobab - botswana

photograph courtesy Philip Greenspun

In Botswana´s Kalarari Desert near the Makgadikgadi Pans (once a very immense inland lake in Africa) is a very large tree that goes by the name “Chapman´s Baobab”. In was named by a South African explorer by the name of James Chapman in 1861 when he was on an expedition with his brother and Thomas Baines. This tree is about 25 meters in circumference at its base (Baobab trees swell with water when it rains which makes trunk measurements difficult as they very from season to season). From what I have found I think that this is the second largest Baobab after the “Sunland Baobab in Limpopo which has a circumference of 46.8 meters.

The tree is reputed to be between 4,000 and 6,000 years old.

here is the same tree from another angle...

Monkey Puzzle tree at Chatsworth House

ch_20070823_01363, originally uploaded by chocoadicta.

Located on the grounds of a large famouns English country house is a large Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana). The estate, located in Derbyshire, is called Chatsworth House and is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. One of this house´s many claims to fame is that it was used as “Pemberley” in the 2005 film version of Jane Austen´s Pride and Prejudice. This Monkey tree can be found along a path just east of the maze and west of Morton pond. Use the map as at this link to find this great tree.

The "Big Tree" in Goose Island State Park

the Big Tree originally uploaded by Broken Piggy Bank

The "Big Tree" at Goose Island State Park was named the State Champion Coastal Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in 1969, and is thought to be one of the largest in the nation.

Trunk Circumference: 35 feet 1 and 3/4 inches or 10.71 meters
Average Trunk Diameter: 11 feet 2 and 1/4 inch or 3.41 meters
Crown Spread: 89 feet or 27.1 meters
Height: 44 feet or 13.4 meters
Age: In excess of 1,000 years

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The Sai Gnam Banyan tree

Twisty!, originally uploaded by g-hat.

Outside of Phimai, Thailand's is one of the oldest and largest Banyan trees in Southeast Asia. It is called "Sai Ngam" which means beautiful Banyan.

There are numerous fortune tellers and vendors that work in the tree as if it was a great bit covered market. You can purchase fish or eels to release in order to give you good fortune and prosperity. This sacred tree is one of the more popular attractions in the area.

Blessed mangrove, originally uploaded by 10b travelling.

Giant Java Willow Tree

Java Tree, originally uploaded by Undercover Nerd.

This is the Giant Java Fig tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Peradeniya, south east of Kandy, Sri Lanka.

A sign at the base of this tree reads...

(Java Fig) (Moraceae)
species - Ficus Benjamina
This is a large handsome tree indigenous to Malayasia and introcuded to Sri Lanka in 1861. The specimen here is over 100 years old and has spread over an area of about 2420 sq. meters.

Banyan tree - Maui, Hawaii

Banyan tree at the Haleakala National Park Kipahulu Headquarters - Oheo Gulch & Seven Sacred Pools

The Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree, originally uploaded by yathin.

Species name - Yucca brevifolia

Location – Southwestern United States (Southern California and Arizona)

Max. age - up to 250 years.

Max. height 15 meters

rock trees bike, originally uploaded by Katherine H.

Joshua Tree National park named after this tree. Within the park the Mojave desert is the prime habitat of the Joshua tree. Pollinated by the Yucca moth which lays its eggs in the trees flower.

These trees were made famous by the fact that the rock gr0up "U2" named one of their best selling albums after them (The Joshua Tree). On the sleeve of the album was a picture of a Joshua tree that became a popular tree to visit as a result. It can no longer be visited however as it fell over and died some years back (2000?)

The name “Joshua tree” was given by Mormon settlers who likened the trees branches to a Biblical story of Joshua’s arms being raised to keep the sun from setting so that a battle could be won during the daylight.

The Cahuilla Native Americans use this tree for as a source of material for crafts and also as a source of food from the seeds.

Joshua Tree Branch, originally uploaded by john w.

General Grant Tree - The US National Christmas tree

The General Grant tree is the third largest tree in the world and the second largest of the Giant Sequoias.

In 1867 it was names after General Ulysses S. Grant who later became the 18th President of the United States.

In 1962 US President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed this tree the “National Christmas Tree”.

In 1956 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the tree the designation of “National Shrine” as a memorial to all those lost in war.

Height 81 meters
Diameter 8.85 meters
Circumference at base 32.8 meters
Estimated age 1,650 years
Volume 47,850 cubic feet


Acacia Tree on the African savanna

Under the Acacia Tree, originally uploaded by TangoPango.

The mounds that can be seen in this picture or terminte hills. the big cats are using this termite hill in front of the Acacia tree as a lookout to locate new prey. Notice the vulture up on top of the Acacia. This tree looks as if it has witnessed a good many scenes of preditor and prey.

The Great banyan tree - Indian Botanic Garden

Great banyan tree, originally uploaded by YamezA.

a sign by this tree reads...

"The Great Banyan Tree is one of the greatest attractions and landmark of Indian Botanic Garden. The tree, Ficus Benghalensis-L. (family Moraceae) is more than 250 years old and spreaded over an area of about 1.5 hectares with about 2880 proproots.
A wonder in the plant kingdom, the tree occupies its possition in the "Guinness Book of World Records" 21.02.05"

The Great Banyan Tree, originally uploaded by Joe Gratz.

Although the main trunk of the is tree was removed in 1925 it continues to grow outward and has spread past the fence that was built around it. The highest branch is 24.5 meters tall and the canopy extends over 420 meters in diameter.

The Great Banyan Tree, originally uploaded by Joe Gratz.

This tree is located in Kolkata (Calcutta) which is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.

General Sherman - largest tree in the world

General Sherman, originally uploaded by blueph0enix.

The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree by volume in the world and one of the fastest growing. It belongs to the species Sequoiadendron giganteum.

This sign reads…


“The General Sherman Tree stands as the ultimate example of the growth potential of a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). Other types of trees are taller, or thicker at the base, but not other living thing on this planet exceeds the volume of this giant sequoia. The General Sherman Tree owes its immense size not to great age (many other sequoias are older) but rather to its very rapid growth rate. For over two thousand years this tree has survived numerous fires, climatic change and even the coming of modern man. Today it remains not only the world’s largest living thing, but also one of the fastest growing.”

Estimated Age 2,300 – 2,700 years
Estimated Wight of trunk 1385 t. (1256 m.t. )
Height Above Base 274.9 ft (83.8 meters)
Circumference as Ground 102.6 ft. (31.3 meters)
Maximum diameter at base 36.5 ft. (11.1 meters)
Diameter 60 ft. above ground 17.5 ft (5.3 meters)
Diameter 180 ft. above ground 14.0 ft. (4.3 meters)
Diameter of largest branch 6.8 ft. (2.1 meters)
Height of First large branch 130 ft. (39.6 meters)
Volume of trunk 52,500 cu. ft. (1,486.6 cu.m.)

General Sherman Tree, originally uploaded by justinm.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden tree

187, originally uploaded by mhammond.highcliffe.

This large tree, estimated to be about 300 years old is located in the “Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden” more commonly known as the Pamplemousses botanical garden. The garden is a popular attraction near Port Louis in Mauritius It is reputed to be the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. I do not know what kind of tree this is. If you know please leave a comment.

Ancient olive tree - garden of Gethsemane

These are perhaps the world´s most famous Olive trees. The Garden of Gethsemane is located in Jerusalem at the base of the Mount of Olives. It was in this small grove of Olive trees that Jesus spent part of the night prior to his crucifixion. Gethsemane means "Olive press" in Hebrew.

Baobab tree prison

Prison Baob, originally uploaded by yewenyi.

This Baobab tree in Western Australia has an opening on one side that leads into it hollowed out interior. It seems this tree and others like it have been used as prisons. This one has enough room to hold five prisoners.

Founders Tree - Humboldt California

Founder's Tree, originally uploaded by stephentyrone.

This tree was named for the founders of the Save the Redwoods League. It is located in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Dyerville, Humboldt County, California.

Species - Coastal Redwood

Height 346 feet

Diameter 12.7 feet

Circumference 40 feet

Height to lowest limb 190.4 feet

Paying Respects, originally uploaded by bintibee.

Meiji Shrine wishing tree in Japan

This is a sacred Camphor tree located at the Meiji shrine in Japan. In Japan sacred trees have thick ropes around their trunks. This sacred tree has a special wishing wall surrounding its trunk. The idea is to write a prayer or wish on a small wooden tablet and hang it on one of the pegs on this wall. The Shinto priests then pray for all of the wishes on the tablets.

big_old_other_tree, originally uploaded by Buddha Rhubarb.

Jomon Sugi tree - Largest Cedar in Japan

Jomon Sugi, originally uploaded by Mil.

This large “Yakusugi Cedar” (Cryptomeria japonica) tree was located in 1996 and has since become quite famous. It is said to be the largest Cedar tree in Japan. It is 25 meters tall and estimated to be around 2,200 years old (some claim that it is much older). It is called “Jomon-sugi” (meaning Old Cedar) and is located in the Yakushima World Heritage Area.

Roots II, originally uploaded by

“In its vicinity, there remains a stump of which age is said to be oldest
by the islanders. They say the tree was cut in 1586 to be used for
construction of a big temple in Kyoto. The age of the tree when cut down
is estimated to be 3000 years.” from

The Cedars of Lebanon

A cedar of Lebanon, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

This large Lebanese cedar tree stands on Mount Lebanon and is a fine example of the tree that is the symbol and pride of the country. This tree species (Cedrus Libani) should not be confused however with what are commonly called “Cedar” trees in the United States. The Cedars of Lebanon have been trees of renown for thousands of years. The wood of this tree was used by Solomon in the construction of the temple that he built in Jerusalem.

Cedar Revolution, originally uploaded by i.embrace.

Cedars in Blue , originally uploaded by hazy jenius.

The picture below was taken in Lebanon in 1946