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The world's creepiest (and we mean creepiest) trees

Where in the world are these creepy trees from?

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Mother Nature is amazing, but sometimes, life on this planet can be downright strange (hello, platypus) or even freaky enough to possibly make you do a double-take and question if what you’re seeing is real.  

A side by side photo of creepy trees found from around the world. The left shows a tree that looks like it bleeds when it's cut down, and the right shows a tree that has spikes all over its trunk.
Above: On the left is a Bloodwood tree, and on the right is a Manchineel tree.

In this video from Facts Verse, they captured images of the creepiest trees in the world. Most of these in this video are sans leaves or blooms and that adds to their uniqueness factor, but let’s kick up the tree intensity a bit, with other insane trees that truly capture the seriously strange planet we are living on.

The Sandbox Tree also gains honorable mention. This evergreen is native to tropical regions of North and South America and is easily recognized by its smooth bark covered in pointed spines. The tree’s fruiting bodies are large capsules that can explode when ripe, launching seeds at 160mph, earning it the nickname of “the dynamite tree.”

The Bloodwood Tree, native to parts of southern and eastern Africa, is known for its sap. The sap is the same color and consistency as blood, which will “bleed” when the teak is chopped or damaged.  This deciduous can grow up to over 59 feet in height and makes it desirable for furniture making, canoe building, and instrument building. The tree is also valued for its many medicinal uses, as well.

The Manchineel Tree is not a tree to mess around with, even though it appears harmless. Admire this one from a distance, as every part of this tree is extremely toxic. Red caution signs are posted near these trees up and down the Caribbean where this tree grows warning people that, “The leaves, bark, and fruits of these trees contain a caustic sap which may be injurious if touched. Columbus described the small green fruits as “death apples”. The trees are common along Caribbean shores. Avoid contact with any part of this tree!” This is not the tree you want to stand under if caught in a rainstorm. Seek shelter somewhere else.

No matter how strange or deadly, we must continue to protect our trees that are branched out across the Earth. We all call this place home.

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