There are plenty of reasons to love trees: they help produce the oxygen we breathe, they provide shelter from the sun on a hot day; they’re the perfect home for many different kinds of animal. Here’s one more reason: some of them look downright amazing.
We admit that some of these aren’t technically trees (the wisteria is a vine; the rhododendron is a bush, and the baobab is actually related to grass plants). But we couldn’t bear to leave them out of this list — they’re just so wonderful to look at.
A 144-year-old wisteria, Japan
A Japanese maple tree, Oregon, USA
A moss-covered southern beech tree, Oregon, USA
Cherry trees in bloom, Germany
Delonix regia, Brazil
Dragon blood trees, Yemen
Rainbow eucalyptus, Hawaii
Jacaranda trees, South Africa
Baobab trees, Madagascar
An alley of beech trees, Northern Ireland
The third largest tree in the world (a giant sequoia), California
A 125-year-old rhododendron, Canada