Ah, trees. Yes, trees. The silent sentinels of the natural world, standing tall and proud, providing us with shade and shelter, and telling us stories of the past. For centuries, we’ve looked to them for guidance and inspiration, and they’ve never failed to deliver. Trees rock.

Today, we celebrate the beauty and majesty of trees with this list of 13 of the most remarkable trees in the world. From the Rainbow Gum with its colorful bark, to the 500-year-old Bridegroom’s Oak in Germany, to the 2,000-year-old olive tree in Greece, these trees are truly remarkable.

Let us take a moment to appreciate the beauty of these trees, and to reflect on the history and stories that they tell us. Let us also remember that, while these trees are awe-inspiring, they are also sometimes fragile and need our protection. So, let us take care of them, and continue to marvel at their beauty.

Trees.

Gruesome evidence in a hollowed-out tree.

The Leper Tree In the 1950s, this hollowed-out baobab in Malawi was used as a burial site for people with leprosy. If you look inside the trunk, you can still see the gruesome evidence. CRACKED

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Legendary tree in La Ceiba Park

Tree hugging for rewards At La Ceiba Park in El Salvador, there is a legendary tree believed to be 300 to 400 years old. Local legend says that if you hug the tree and thank it in Nahuatl, you will be rewarded with a gift from the spirit that lives inside. CRACKED

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Golf interrupted by nature.

CRACKED Trees interrupting the Masters golf tournament The tournament was paused when two big pine trees fell, barely missing spectators, like a bad Happy Gilmore sequel.

 Mark Baker/AP (via CBS News)

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Sacred spot for Shamanism.

The Mother Tree This tree in Mongolia is a sacred spot for those who practice Shamanism. It is decorated with blue scarves, and offerings of milk and vodka are made to it. People from Japan, Korea, and China come to the tree to pray and ask the spirits for help. CRACKED

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