The Baobab Tree
Found in Africa, including Madagascar, and northwest Australia, the baobab is thought to be a relic of the flora of Gondwanaland, the super-continent that was once comprised of Africa, Antarctica, Australia and South America. According to African folklore, when the gods gave every animal a tree, the hyena, having arrived late, received the Baobab. He was so disgusted that he planted it upside down.
Individual trees in this species are thought to be over 4500 years old, making it a species that is capable of living the longest of any known species.
This species has been renamed many times since its discovery. They have also been falsely labeled a spruce, hemlock, and even a pine; they actually are not even true firs. Its new name means "false hemlock." The Douglas Fir comprises over 50% of western forests and produces more timber than any other American species.
They reach to up to thirteen feet its first year and grow to five feet a year, being able to They’re one of the fastest growing trees.
This species are the only survivor of an entire plant family. They are the world's oldest living tree species, their origins dating back to the Age of Dinosaurs. They were thought to have been extinct by the western world until 7 preserved Ginko trees were found in an ancient monastery in China. Years later, they were discovered growing wild in the remote valleys of eastern China.
These are the most widespread pine in the world.
The giant Sequoias average 10-15 feet in diameter when mature and can grow to heights of 250-300 feet. The largest Sequoia, known as the General Sherman Tree, can be found in Sequoia National Park in California. It has a trunk 30 feet across at the base and has a height of 275 feet. General Sherman, with a volume of 52,500 square feet, is considered the largest living thing in the world.
The Witch hazel has seed pods that will contract as they dry and shoot out their contents like "bullets" over surprising distances. The forked branches of this shrub or small tree were used as divining rods to detect underground sources of water. In addition, several well preserved mammoth specimens were discovered with Witch hazel leaves in their stomachs, indicating a dependence on the plant for food.
The leaves of this tree are the primary source of food for silkworms. Therefore, the cultivation of this tree is very widespread throughout many Asian nations due to the importance of silk to their economies.
This tree’s wood is often used to make barrels for whiskey and sherry, giving rise to its alternate name, Stave Oak.