The Weeping Willow at Tsurumi Bridge, Hiromshima, Japan
In an instant, the atomic blast killed 80,000 people and wiped out 12 square km of the city. 1,700m from the hypocenter, this willow was just outside the circle of near-certain death. The trunk was burned and the canopy destroyed. But the tree grew again.
The Tree That Owns Itself, Georgia, USA
This tree is an anomaly. According to an 1890 article in the Athens Weekly Banner, this tree was given ownership of itself and all land within 8 feet, by its former owner, William H. Jackson, some 60 years earlier. Legal or not, this had been adhered to by the townsfolk.
The Oldest Palm Tree in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
The Hungry Tree, Dublin, Ireland
Found in the grounds of King's Inns, Dublin, this London Plane tree has spent much of the past century slowly growing around and 'eating' a cast iron bench. For decades it has entertained tourists, and it's now designated a historic monument.
The Tree of Hippocrates, Kos, Greece
Legends holds that the ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates taught beneath the boughs of this plane tree, now protected by scaffolding. Sadly, this tree is no more than 500 years old, but it may be a direct descendent of the original, said to have stood here for 2400 years.
The Midland Oak, Leamington Spa, England
At the very heart of England stands this oak tree, The Midland Oak. It's not that old, in fact it was planted in 1988, but it was grown from the acorn of a centuries-old tree that stood on the same spot. It's said to mark the historic centre of the Kingdom of England.