These interesting stories about trees will change your views towards them


These are the stories about some of the oldest and biggest trees that managed to keep entire bars and chapels in their stems. Some of them were part of hanging executions, others were witnessing historic events, but all of them are equally fascinating.

1 Prison Trees

The huge 1500-year-old Boab tree in the city of Derby, West Australia, isn’t like most trees you have seen. The tree indeed seems like an old dungeon, and because of that it is rumored to have been used to temporarily lock up indigenous Australian prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. But, this Boab tree in Derby isn’t the only one in Australia. In Wyndham, West Australia, there is yet another hollow Boab tree that was used as a prison. The local police had reportedly used this tree to lock up Aboriginal prisoners on their way to Wyndham for sentencing. Today these trees are just a tourist attraction.

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2 The Tree that Has a Bar in Its Stem

If you are wondering how large this tree is –then let us tell you, it’s HUGE. Sunland Baobab is a 6000-year-old tree from South Africa. Just for improving your picture – it is so big that besides the bar in its stem, it also boasts a wine cellar within. The tree has two hollow trunks which are connected by a narrow passage, making it spacious enough to house up to 15 people at a time. The Baobab is around 47 meters. The unique bar was first opened in 1933. Currently, the tree is in a private area owned by Van Heerden family, and is open to anybody.

The Tree that Has a Bar in Its Stem

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3 The Tree That Was Witnessing Death

Also known as the Killing Tree, or as the Chankiri Tree, was once a silent witness of some brutal actions. The tree stands on the infamous Cambodian Killing Fields, which was the center for Cambodian Genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime. The adult prisoners were frequently executed by savage methods like clubbing or axing. Even babies and children were not spared. The soldiers used to pick up the kids by their feet and bash them against this very tree until they were dead.

The Tree That Was Witnessing Death

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4 The Sacred Mango Tree

The Ekambareswarar is a temple of Lord Shiva in the village of Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This is one of the five major Shiva temples, and is a very popular place of worship in South India. Besides the beautiful temple, there is a 3500-year-old mango tree that yields four different types of mangoes from four branches, in four different seasons. The legend says that the four branches of the mango represent the four Vedas, the ancient sacred texts of India. If this isn’t miracle, we don’t know what is.

The Sacred Mango Tree

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5 The Tree That Owned Itself

This tree grows at the top of a steep hill in Athens, Georgia, USA, and dates back to the early 1800s. Colonel William H. Jackson, a professor at the University of Georgia, bestowed the oak tree with the ownership of itself and the land within 2.5 meters. There is a marker beside the tree that says, “For and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection, for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides.”

The Tree That Owned Itself

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6 The Circus Trees

The family theme park Gilroy Gardens is the place where botanical wonders grow. These trees are popularly known as the Circus Trees. If you thought that they grew twisted like this naturally, you are wrong. They are products of creative envisioning of a man named Axel Erlandson. Inspired by observing a natural graft between two trees, Erlandson set off on his mission of shaping trees into magnificent patterns. Even though he was asked about his secret as to how he managed to do this to the trees, he never revealed his secret.

The Circus Trees

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