The baobab trees of Madagascar are famously known for being located in a place called the Avenue of Baobabs, which is a dirt road stretching between two different regions in western Madagascar and lined by these trees. These baobabs are some of the only remaining ones left in this region, seeing as many surrounding forests have been cleared to support the growing populations. However, these particular trees are held in high esteem amongs the locals, who treasure the baobabs. There is even a local legend of two entwined baobab trees that have grown together throughout the centuries to represent the love between a young man and woman from two different villages. The couple, who could never be together, had asked the gods for some way to let their love live on and the entwined baobab trees was the answer to their prayers.
Perhaps the most colorful tree you can find is the mind blowing rainbow eucalyptus, named for its special bark that bears the colors of the rainbow! To find these trees you could travel to their native regions of the Philippines, New Guinea, and Indonesia where the rainbows will be growing in the tropical forests. The rainbow eucalyptus is incredibly fast growing; it has the ability to double its height every year and can reach a whopping 250 feet in no time! Obviously the most outstanding feature is the rainbow bark itself, but how does that even happen? Well, the bark from the previous season peels away, revealing colorful parts of the tree underneath. This leaves the trunk with streaks of grays, reds, oranges, greens, and blues!
If you drive to 74485 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms, California, you will find yourself entering the land of Joshua Tree National Park, which of course is home to the peculiar Joshua tree. The Joshua tree, which is part of the yucca family, grows only in the Mojave Desert and can live up to 150 years old. The tree is said to have been named by Mormon travelers who, during the mid-19th century, thought the tree’s unusual shape looked like the biblical Joshua raising his hand towards the sky and waving them in the direction of their promised land. Of course the tree had long been known to Native American tribes, who would use the leaves for making baskets and footwear while eating the buds and seeds.