On the last Friday in April, the U.S. celebrates National Arbor Day.
First held in 1872, Arbor Day is a meant to honor all of the sky-high sentinels around us, and also plant some new ones in an age of deforestation and urban sprawl. The event was founded in Nebraska, but has since spread to dozens of countries around the globe.
Even though the occasion is a great time to think about seedlings, domestic organizations like MillionTreesNYC and international groups like the Green Belt Movement are wonderful places to get involved year-round.
So before you go out and plant some saplings, take a look at some of the most famous, strange and awe-inspiring trees out there below.
In this 2009 photo released by Steve Sillett, The President, a Giant Sequoia Tree, is shown in Sequoia National Park, Calif. After 3,240 years the Giant Sequoia is still growing wider at a consistent rate, which may be what most surprised the scientists examining how they and coastal redwoods will be impacted by climate change and whether they have a role to play in combatting it. (AP Photo/Steve Sillett)
Socotra Dragon Tree
Sequoia National Park, California
Boab Prison Tree
Tree of Life
Cedars Of God
Árbol del Tule
Avenue Of The Baobabs
The Angel Oak
Johns Island, South Carolina
Arbre du Tenere
Sahara Desert, Niger. Destroyed in 1973.
The Great Banyan
Yosemite National Park