3 of the Craziest-Looking Trees in the World

There are more than 23,000 types of trees in the world – but these three have to be some of the most beautiful and craziest of them all.

1. Dragon Blood Tree

While it might look more like a flying saucer than a tree, the Dragon Blood (Dracaena cinnabari) tree definitely is an attention grabber. Not only is its outward appearance stunning, but it also produces red sap — hence the name. It can be found on the island of Socotra.

Dragon Blood Tree

2. Angel Oak Tree

This Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) is located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. It’s estimated to be at least 400 to 1,500 years old. The tree stands 66 1/5 feet tall and shades an area of 17,200 square feet. The name for the oak comes from Justis and Martha Angel’s estate. Local folklore tells stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.

Angel Oak Tree

3. Tree of Life

Baobab trees (Adansonia), one of the biggest of its species in Namibia, Africa, can live 1,000 to 3,000 years. Its long life span comes in part because there are no known serious pests or diseases for baobab trees. It’s also a trunk succulent, so it has a high resistance to drought and fire. But it doesn’t play nice with other plants — it hosts a variety of noxious crop insects that attack other trees.

Baobab Trees
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