There are approximately 382,000 species of trees in the world. Only a very few of them fall into the category of weird or bizarre. We usually have a certain assumption about how a tree should look. Any significant deviation from that imagination would render that tree ‘out of this world’.
Here are 11 Most Bizarre Trees which at first glance make you think again about weirdness.
Baobab Tree (Adansonia)
Also known as the “upside-down tree,” these trees have massive trunks and often appear to be growing with their roots in the air. They store water in their trunks to survive in arid regions.
Dragon’s Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)
Found in Socotra, Yemen, these trees have a unique umbrella-like shape with thick, dense branches that spread out like an upturned umbrella. The name comes from the red resin they produce, which is known as “dragon’s blood.”
Quiver Tree (Aloe dichotoma)
Native to southern Africa, these trees have a distinctive branching pattern resembling the shape of quiver arrows. They often stand out in the arid landscapes.
Cannonball Tree (Couroupita guianensis)
This tree, native to the rainforests of Central and South America, produces large, heavy fruits that resemble cannonballs. The fruit is actually a large capsule containing seeds.
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Despite its name, this “palm” is not a true palm tree. It’s a succulent with a bulbous trunk that stores water, giving it a unique appearance.
Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris)
Native to Australia, this tree has a swollen trunk that gives it a bottle-like appearance. It stores water in its trunk to survive in dry conditions.
Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)
Found in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, this tree’s bark peels away in strips to reveal a bright green layer that gradually changes color as it matures, creating a rainbow effect.
Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis)
This rare and ancient tree was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994 in a remote part of Australia. Its unique appearance and status as a “living fossil” make it quite bizarre.
Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana)
Native to Chile and Argentina, this tree has a distinctive appearance with sharply pointed leaves densely covering its branches, making it look like a puzzle for monkeys.
Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana)
Native to Africa, this tree produces large, sausage-shaped fruits that can weigh up to 15 pounds each. The fruits hang down on long stalks and are known to be toxic when raw.
Jabuticaba (Plinia cauliflora)
Native to Brazil, this tree bears fruit directly on its trunk and branches, giving it an unusual appearance as the fruit grows in clusters along the bark.
Remember that the names and features of these trees can be quite fascinating and unusual, and they often have unique adaptations that allow them to survive in their respective environments.