Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World

We all love trees. They provide an inner peace. There are many famous trees around the world. They come and go as the wind blows. L’Arbre du Ténéré was a landmark on caravan routes in the Sahara. It was once considered as the most isolated tree on Earth. But the tree was knocked down by a drunken Libyan truck driver in 1973. The famous Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam was blown down by high winds in a storm. But luckily for us, there are still many special trees out there. A list of some of the most famous trees in the world is given below.

10 Most Famous Trees in the World:

10. Arbol del Tule

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Arbol del Tule
Arbol del Tule | image credit – Wikimedia/Thelmadatter

Located in the town center of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Árbol del Tule is a Montezuma Cypress. Of any tree in the world, Árbol del Tule has the stoutest trunk. Although a higher diameter reading than q true cross-sectional of the trunk is given by the tree due to the heavily buttressed trunk of the tree. Originally, it was thought to be multiple trees, but it is proven by DNA tests that it is only one tree. This famous tree is estimated to be between 1,200 and 3,000 years old.

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9. Cotton Tree

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Cotton Tree
Cotton Tree | image credit – Wikimedia/Christian Trede

Located in the capital city of Sierra Leone, the Cotton Tree is an historic symbol of Freetown. The Cotton Tree became an important symbol in 1792 according to the legend, when a group of former African American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, settled the site of modern Freetown. After landing on the shoreline they walked up to a giant tree just above the bay and held a thanksgiving service there to thank God for their deliverance to a free land. Now it is one of the most famous trees in the world.

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8. Boab Prison Tree

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Boab Prison Tree
Boab Prison Tree | image credit – Flickr/Alessandro

Standing just south of Derby in Western Australia, the Boab Prison Tree is a large hollow tree. Legends suggest that, in the 1890s, this tree was used as a lockup for native Australian prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. A fence was erected around the tree in recent years to protect it from vandalism.

7. Major Oak

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Major Oak
Major Oak | image credit – Wikimedia/Marcin Floryan

Located in the heart of Sherwood Forest, the Major Oak is a huge oak tree in Nottinghamshire, England. Local folklore claims that it was Robin Hood’s shelter where he and his band of outlaws slept. It is one of the most famous trees in the world because of Robin Hood. It is about 800 to 1000 years old. A noted antiquarian named Major Hayman Rooke included the tree in his popular book about the ancient oaks of Sherwood in 1790. Thus the tree became known as The Major‘s Oak.

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6. Lone Cypress

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Lone Cypress
Lone Cypress | image credit – Wikimedia/Tuxyso

Standing near Monterey, the Lone Cypress Tree is probably the most famous point along the 17-Mile Drive, a picturesque road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. The road snakes through miles of breathtaking coastal sceneries of the Pacific, with turnouts all along the way at the most historical and striking sites. The Lone Cypress Tree is a species of cypress that is prevalent to the Central Coast of California. Near Monterey and Carmel, the species is confined to these two small populations in the wild.

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5. Tree of Life

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Tree of Life
Tree of Life | image credit – Wikimedia/Alawadhi3000

The Tree of Life is a mesquite tree that grows in the middle of desert. Located in Bahrain, the tree is said to be 400 to 500 years old. It is one of the most famous trees in the world as it is the only green living organism living in a vast and barren desert. Some underground water source has been found by its long roots. According to the local people, this was the actual location of the Garden of Eden.

4. Socotra Dragon Trees

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Socotra Dragon Trees
Socotra Dragon Trees | image credit – Wikimedia/Rod Waddington

Located on the island of Socotra, the Dragon blood tree is arguably the most famous and distinctive plant of the island. It looks like an upside down umbrella. Having a very unique appearance, this evergreen species is named after its dark red resin that is known as “dragon’s blood”. For optimal survival in the arid conditions, the tree is shaped in this bizarre fashion. In order to reduce evaporation, the huge packed crown provides sufficient shade.

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3. General Sherman

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, General Sherman
General Sherman | image credit – Wikipedia/Jim Bahn

One of the most famous trees in the world is General Sherman. It is a Giant Sequoia located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California. The Giant Forest has many famous trees that are among the largest trees in the world. Indeed five of the ten largest trees on the planet are located within this forest, if measured by volume. The General Sherman tree is the largest of them all at 11.1 meter (36.5 ft) along the base. This famous tree is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.

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2. Cedars of God

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Cedars of God
Cedars of God | image credit – Wikipedia/BlingBling10

Located in the mountains of northern Lebanon, the Cedars of God is a small forest of about 400 Lebanon Cedar trees. In ancient times, there was a large extensive forest of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived in this region. They are among the last survivors of that forest. For over 70 times, the Cedars of Lebanon have been mentioned in the Bible. Its resin was used by the ancient Egyptians for mummification. King Solomon constructed the First Temple in Jerusalem by using these famous trees.

1. Avenue of the Baobabs

Top 10 Most Famous Trees in the World, Avenue of the Baobabs
Avenue of the Baobabs | image credit – Wikimedia/Frank Vassen

The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of famous trees of the world lining the dust road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. Travelers came to visit this remarkable landscape from around the world, which makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Madagascar.

The trees are up to 800 years old. Originally, the Baobab trees did not tower in isolation over the harsh landscape of scrub but stood in dense tropical forest. But as the country’s population grew over the years, leaving only the famous baobab trees the forests were cleared for agriculture.

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