Love Trees? Visit These 5 Trees or Forests in the US
Few places are as alluring and mysterious as the forest. Judging by the amount of literature and art we create about them, people care deeply about trees. They provide shade, fruit, materials for building, and natural habitats for all sorts of creatures, and they can be lovely, majestic, or just plain weird.
If you’ve always loved trees, you should take some time to visit the most beautiful and interesting specimens-and you don’t have to travel overseas to do so. These five trees or forests in the United States are worth seeing.
If you’re ever in Utah, don’t miss seeing Pando, also called the Trembling Giant. Pando looks like an aspen forest, but it’s actually a single organism with a massive root system. Pando, which in Latin means “I spread,” is one of the oldest living things on earth, estimated to be about 80,000 years old. It is also the heaviest at over 13 million pounds.
Unfortunately, Pando may not live much longer-though it isn’t likely to disappear anytime soon, scientists do believe it to be dying, possibly from a combination of insects, drought, and disease. If you visit Utah, make sure to go to the Fishlake National Forest to see it, especially in the fall when its leaves turn bright yellow.
2. Redwood National and State Parks
These parks contain the tallest trees in the world, let alone the country. Not only are the trees incredibly imposing, but the landscape could not be more beautiful. If you visit, you’ll be in a temperate rainforest on or near the California coast, filled with ferns, moss, and mist.
You’ll find several notable trees here:
Hyperion, the tallest tree in the world
Chandelier Tree, which you can drive your car through
The Candelabra trees, which have branches that twist into strange shapes
The Redwood National and State Parks are some of the world’s most interesting and impressive forests.
Don’t miss them.
3. Hoh Rainforest
If you love the idea of visiting a temperate rainforest, make sure you also look into the Hoh Rainforest. Located in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, this area is more secluded than California’s redwoods. While you won’t find giant sequoias here, you’ll still find massive Sitka spruces and western hemlocks that tower up to 312 feet in the air.
You’ll also find a very wide range of life. The Hoh Rainforest gets more rain than the redwood parks, which means that it’s greener. You’ll see trees draped in curtains of moss and all sorts of interesting lichens that can only grow in very wet climates. The abundant foliage supports a thriving animal population, including Roosevelt elk, Pacific tree frogs, bobcats, cougars, black-tailed deer, and Olympic black bears.
Make sure to visit the Hoh Rainforest if you pass through Washington-the trees in this forest are sure to impress you.
4. Angel Oak
This tree is closer to your home in Florida, so you really should go see it if you can make a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Though not nearly as old as Pando or the giant redwood trees, Angel Oak is still an impressive 500 years old. However, it’s known for its sprawling shape, not its age.
The tree stands nearly 67 feet tall, and it measures 28 feet around, covering about 17,200 square feet in shade. The branches twist out in all directions-the longest branch measures 187 feet, nearly three times the height of the tree.
The tree gets its name from the person who used to own the land it stands on, a man named Justus Angel. Local folklore says that the ghosts of slaves have appeared around the tree as angels. Though you may not see ghosts, you should still visit the tree.
5. Rainbow Eucalyptus
The formal name of this kind of tree is eucalyptus deglupta, though it is commonly called the rainbow eucalyptus, rainbow gum, or Mindanao gum. Though not native to the United States, it has been introduced to a few states, the most notable being Hawaii.
Hawaii is known as a vacationer’s paradise, and rightly so-you’ll find so much worth seeing there. However, if you are visiting, find the time to seek out a rainbow eucalyptus. You may be shocked because they look like they can’t possibly be real. The bark contains streaks of blue, orange, purple, green, maroon, and gray. Make sure to find one of these technicolor trees on your vacation.
Hopefully in your travels around the United States you’ll get to see a variety of interesting and
beautiful trees and forests. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t also cultivate great trees in your own Florida backyard.
If you want to plant, take care of, or remove your own trees to make way for new ones, contact Pete & Ron’s Tree Service. With our experience, you can enjoy spectacular trees without leaving your own property.